The alkaline diet has been popular for several years now, but it’s a pretty hard one to keep up. If you’re unaware, the theory is that acidic foods cause all sorts of health conditions, like arthritis and cancer, which we can avoid by choosing foods that are more base or alkaline. Plus, alkaline foods will help you lose weight, according to fans of the diet.
Here’s the hard part of going alkaline: a lot of foods you love (sorry, eggs and wheat) are surprisingly acidic. Check out the list below for where your favorite foods fall on the pH spectrum. (Quick refresh from high school chemistry: acidity and alkalinity are measured in terms of pH. Anything below a pH of 7 is considered "acidic", and anything above 7 is "alkaline" or base.)
pH 3: carbonated water, energy drinks
pH 4: pasta, cheese, pork, popcorn, roasted nuts, chocolate, beer, wine, black tea
pH 5: distilled water, coffee, wheat, peanuts, pistachios, white bread, beef
pH 6: eggs, oysters, fish, soy milk, coconut, most grains, salmon, cooked spinach
pH 7 (neutral): most tap water, sea water
pH 8: almonds, apples, mushrooms, banana, strawberries, bell pepper, tomatoes
pH 9: matcha, avocados, lettuce, peas, sweet potatoes, beets, eggplant, blueberries
pH 10: broccoli, raw spinach, lemons, limes, asparagus, kale, carrots, brussel sprouts
Yep, you read that right – lemons and limes metabolize as alkaline in your body, while pasta and popcorn actually become more acidic.
The good news here: matcha is alkaline! So ditch the acidic coffee and get your caffeine with an alkalizing matcha green tea :)