Between Many Alkaline Food
Why alkaline food lists differ so
There are many books and companies claiming to
have the definitve 'list
of alkaline foods'. The problem is, they all seem
How can a food be classed as alkaline in one place
and then as acidic in another? Surely that's like saying yellow is
green and green is yellow, well kind of ;-). But can a food be both alkaline and
Well the answer is yes and for this reason...
It all depends on how the
author/researcher defines an
‘alkaline food'. For example, a list may simply classify foods by their
pH in whole physical form,
as they are in the fridge. This is the way
most people would view foods – whereby things such as lemons and limes
are deemed acidic and milk, cheese and chicken are alkaline.
seems reasonable and intuitive. However, it
is an inaccurate
way of looking at things as it takes no account of the
impact which that food
has on our own bodies.
Health Tip: A food that is alkaline in its physical form
can often have an acidifying effect on the body when consumed (and vice
versa), so be mindful of this.
We are looking to adopt a predominantly alkaline
diet lifestyle in order to balance
blood pH at its slightly alkaline
set point, so we need to look at the effect a food has on the body when
As it turns out, lemons and limes are found to be
high alkaline foods in terms of their effect on the body and milk,
cheese and chicken are acidifying.
Another main reason for differences between
alkaline food chart and another is due to the progressing
of the research being conducted in this area.
Research from the early twentieth century until
fairly recently classified acid and alkaline foods by being burnt and
then measuring the pH of the resultant ash residue when dissolved in
water (i.e. what is left after passing through the metabolism).
research, however, found that the ash
residue in isolation was not really relevant: The important factor is the
chemical compounds that the food contributes to the body after it has
Our metabolic system is a marvelously complex and
intricate system, so determining how acid or alkaline forming food is
in this way is a slow and steady task, one that only now scientists are
beginning to complete.
hope this clears up why alkaline food lists differ and shows you how
you should approach food selection.
Health Tip: I would recommend that if you do wish to
stick very strictly to a list of foods then look at when and how the
behind it was conducted. I have produced a guiding alkaline
foods list PDF, which also shows food that are debatable,
the research and reading I have done but it
is not definitive.
I hope this clears up why
alkaline food lists differ and shows you how you should approach food
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