The Alkaline Diet and the Alkaline Foods List

June 7, 2010

Diets & Nutrition

The alkaline diet is one of those diets that sounds cool but unfortunately not enough research has been done to prove its efficiency. So if you decide to stick with an alkaline diet you should look for the results you get from it. If you are satisfied you should keep eating more alkaline foods.

The basis of the alkaline diet is the idea that certain foods when are digested leave an alkaline residue, called ash. That is why the alkaline diet is also called the alkaline ash diet. The foods you eat are labeled alkaline foods if the ash they leave behind after consumption, mixed with water creates an alkaline or neutral solution. This is done by looking at the PH of the solution thus created.

The only lab tests done to establish the health benefits of the alkaline diet proved that it helps make bones stronger and that cancer cells develop faster in an acid environment. Those that adhere and love the alkaline diet say that it can help you lose weight and prevent allergies, cancer and fatigue.

If you want to go on an alkaline diet, all you have to do is make 70% to 80% of all the foods you eat alkaline foods. This isn’t as hard as you might thing considering that most vegetables and some fruits are alkaline foods. Considering this raw salads are your best friend while on an alkaline diet.

The main alkaline fruits that you can eat are fresh citrus fruits like lemons, oranges, grapefruits and lime. Other alkaline fruits are avocado, tomatoes, rhubarb. The old watermelon is considered an alkaline food not because it is actually alkaline but because it is neutral. So keep in mind that all neutral foods are also alkaline.

Acid foods are all meat based or dairy foods usally. If you reduce your intake of meat and cheese to just 20% you will have most probably an alkaline diet. Practically the best way to get an alkaline diet is by getting healthy eating habits. The more healthy food you eat the better your health will be. This is a gross oversimplified way of looking at the alkaline diet, but if you think about it this way you can clearly see why it is a healthy diet that has so many health benefits for your health.

Here is an alkaline foods list to get you started:
alkaline vegetables: asparagus, cabbage, carrots, beets, broccoli, eggplant, celery, cauliflower, onions, lettuce, peas, peppers, alfalafa, wheat grass, cucumbers, mushrooms, dandelion, sprouts, sea veggies;
alkaline protein rich foods: nuts, pumpkin seeds, eggs, cottage cheese, chicken breast, tofu, yogurt, almonds, millet, sprouted seeds;
alkaline spices: all herbs, curry, ginger, mustard, cinnamon, chilli pepper, sea salt, miso;
alkaline fruits: apples, avocado, dates, figs, line, grapefruits, oranges, lemons, peaches, pears, watermelons, bananas, cherries, currants, grapes, honeydew melon

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