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What are the Most Alkaline Forming Foods?

Updated on July 18, 2016

We’ve discussed in the past about why some foods are considered to be alkaline forming and others acid forming when you are following the acid-alkaline diet. But which foods are the most alkaline? Though there is much dispute when it comes to which foods are alkaline forming and which are not, if you want to increase the PH levels in your body, then you will want to start thinking about eating more of the following foods.

Citrus Fruits

It might seem a little funny for someone to say that citrus fruits should be considered as alkaline forming, but they really are. And they’re not just slightly alkaline either. They are actually some of the highest alkaline foods on the chart. This is due to the fact that they contain alkaline forming minerals and citric acid which once digested, will leave an alkaline residue within the body rather than an acidic one. So if you want to become more alkaline, then consider eating more citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes. It would be wise to make sure you don’t have any allergies to these foods before increasing your intake though, as they could have a negative impact on your health if it turns out that you are allergic or intolerant to citrus fruits.


Melons are also another fruit which are considered to be one of the most alkaline forming on most alkaline food lists, especially watermelons. While other forms of melon are still highly alkaline, the watermelon is considered to be the king here and will surely help you to increase the PH level of your body.

Other Fruits

Most other fruits are also alkaline forming, though possibly not quite as much as citrus. The notable exceptions here are Blueberries, Canned or Glazed Fruits, Cranberries, Currants, Plums and Prunes. On many acid-alkaline food charts these fruits sit firmly on the acid forming spectrum, though not everybody is in agreement on this. Bananas should also get a special mention because although they are considered to be alkaline forming, they are also placed quite high on the glycemic index, so be sure to research this thoroughly before chomping down on a whole bunch of bananas.


If you are looking for protein then there are some nuts which are considered to be alkaline forming that can help you out in this regard. The two nuts which are usually mentioned as being alkaline when we are talking about the acid-alkaline diet are almonds and chestnuts. Oddly, almond milk falls into the acidic category but you will find many anomalies such as this when you examine acid-alkaline food lists in more detail.


If you’re not much of a fruit person and you want to go more alkaline by consuming more vegetables instead, then you can’t go far wrong by going for anything which is green and leafy to the eye. Foods such as broccoli, kale, spinach, chard, celery and cabbage are all highly alkaline forming because they contain minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium and more, which are all considered to be alkaline forming.


As with citrus fruits, you may also think that spices would be acid and not alkaline forming, mainly because they can cause stomach acid problems for many people when they are consumed. Actually though, spices such as Chilli Pepper, Cinnamon, Curry, Ginger and Herbs all find themselves on the alkaline forming list. Again you may find that any alkaline benefits you gain from increasing your intake of these spices may be negated if you were to find that you have a bad reaction to them, so it’s best to start increasing your intake slowly and to then see how you react before going mad with them.

Acid-Alkaline Disputed Foods

The one thing you will notice when you look at different acid-alkaline food charts is that not all of them tend to agree about which foods are alkaline forming and which are acid forming. There are some foods on which pretty much all charts agree however, so if you begin to increase your intake of these foods and cut down on some of the recognised highly acidic foods in your diet, then this will be a great start in your quest to give your cells a more alkaline environment in which to live and be healthy.


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