Acid- and Alkaline-Forming Foods

That fact that a food or food product is acidic or alkaline in and of itself doesn't mean it creates acid or alkalinity in the body. It depends on how it is chemically metabolized in the body. The lists below illustrate which common foods are acid-forming and which are alkaline-forming.

Acid Forming Foods   Alkalizing Foods
All meat (beef, pork, lamb, chicken) and fish
 
Rice (white, brown, or basmati)
 
Cornmeal, oats, rye, spelt, wheat, bran
 
Popcorn
 
Pastas
 
Breads and most other grain products like cereals (hot or cold), crackers, pastries
 
The following beans (unless sprouted in which case they become alkaline-producing): pinto, navy, mung, lentils, black, garbanzo, red, white, adzuki, and broad
 
Cheese (parmesan is the worst, followed by other sharper cheeses)
 
Sunflower and pumpkin seeds
 
Wheat germ
 
The following nuts: walnuts, pecans, cashews, dried coconut, (fresh coconut is alkaline producing), pistachios, macadamias, filberts, Brazil nuts and peanuts.
 
Colas and carbonated drinks
 
Alcoholic drinks
 
Coffee and other caffeinated drinks
 
Sweetened yogurt
 
Most forms of sweeteners (artificial sweeteners, cane sugar, beet sugar, barley syrup, processed honey, maple syrup, molasses, fructose, lactose)
 
Refine table salt
 
Soy sauce
 
Mustard (dried powder and processed)
 
Ketchup (unless natural and homemade)
 
Mayonnaise (unless natural and homemade)
 
White vinegar (apple cider and sweet brown rice vinegar are less acid-producing and preferred)
 
Nutmeg
 
Tobacco
 
Practically all drugs
 
Almost all vegetables (except peppers, beets)
 
Practically all fruits with the exception of blueberries, plums, prunes, and cranberries. Even citrus fruits such as lemons, which we think of as being acidic, are alkaline-producing in the body. They are rich in organic salts, like citrates, which are being converted into bicarbonates.
 
Beans such as string, soy, lima, green and snap
 
Peas
 
Potatoes
 
Arrowroot flour
 
Grains such as flax, millet, quinoa, and amaranth
 
Nuts like almonds, pignoli, fresh coconut and chestnuts
 
Sprouted seeds of alfalfa, radish and chia
 
Unsprouted sesame
 
Fresh unsalted butter
 
Milk
 
Cream
 
Goat's milk
 
Eggs
 
Whey
 
Plain yogurt
 
Sweeteners like raw, unpasterized honey, dried sugar cane juice (Sucanat), brown rice syrup
 
Fruit juices
 
All vegetable juices
 
Most herbal teas
 
Garlic
 
Cayenne Pepper
 
Gelatin
 
Most herbs
 
Miso
 
Most vegetable and unprocessed sea salt
 
Most spices
 
Vanilla extract
 
Brewer's yeast
 
Most unprocessed, cold-pressed oils are neutral or alkaline-forming