Acid-base-forming foods

The foods we eat are digested; they break down into either an acid or an alkaline end-product in our tissues.
This end-product is called the "ash" and is what remains in the body after the food has been broken down.

Foods that produce an alkaline ash are called "base-forming food" whereas those producing acid ash are called "acid-forming" foods.

It has nothing to do with the way they taste in our mouth.

The body needs both types of food. However alkaline forming food should predominate over acid forming ones.

The presence of some kinds of acid in food does not necessarily make it an acid forming food in the body. As an example, after digestion, citric acid (found in lemons) becomes volatile and is easily exhaled by the lungs and what is left behind in the body is an ash that is actually alkaline.

Acid-forming foods
Base-forming foods
Animal proteins
All kind of meat, fish and shelfish.
Butter, lard...
Processed cheese.
Fresh milk
Alcohol, coffee and commercial tea vegetable juices, fresh fruits juices
Green, herbal, dandelion, ginseng, banchi or kombucha teas
Cereals and legumes
All legumes (lentils, kidney beans, garbazon beans...) except soy
Any kind of cereals (including pasta, bread...) execpt barley.
Soy beans, soy products and barley.
Fruits (fresh or dry)
None except apricots and prunes. All kind of fruits except apricots and prunes.
Nuts and seeds
All kind of nuts (Cashew, peanuts, pecans, walnuts...) except almonds and Brazil nuts. Almonds, Brazil nuts, Chesnuts, Coconut, Pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds.
Sprouted seeds.

Refined vegetable oils
Asparagus, artichoke, Bruxelles sprouts, watercress, rhubarb, tomatoes and onions.
First cold pressed vegetables oils.
All kind of vegetable execpt Asparagus, artichoke, Bruxelles sprouts, watercress, rhubarb, tomatoes and onions.
Oriental vegetables
None Maitake, Daikin, Dandelion root, Shitake, Kombu, Reishi, Nori, Umeboshi, Wakame...
Sweet and sweeteners
Candy, honey, maple syrup, saccharin, soft drinks, sugar, chocolat None
drugs, distilled vinegar, chemicals... Apple cider

Spices: Cinnamon, curry, ginger, mustard, chili peppers, sea salt, miso, tamari, all herbs

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