With alkaline diets being prevalent and common now, people tend to stay away from acidic foods, and even go as far as eliminating it from their diets. But you should know that “foods with acidic pH and acid-forming foods” are two different concepts. Acid-forming foods are those diets that increase the formation of acidity levels in your body, and not all foods that have acidic pH promote acidity in your body. It may sound a bit confusing, but in this article, we would be outlining the differences, and why you should avoid some of these foods.
Foods with Acidic pHWe have already stated that some foods have acidic pH, but they do not create an acidic environment in your body. For instance, there are tomatoes and citrus fruits, both of which have acidic pH but they do not form acids in your body, However, those who are diagnosed with “gastroesophageal reflux disease” which is characterized by heartburn should avoid these foods. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can be treated through implementing changes into your diets and taking certain medications. There are specific foods that have acidic pH and can sometimes increase the symptoms of GERD, hence why it has to be avoided by people who have the condition. Here is a list of foods that have acidic pH:
- Tomato-Based Products
- Citrus Fruits
Acid Forming FoodsYou probably are aware of the fact that alkaline diets promote a non-acidic environment in your body, so it makes sense if you want to reduce your intake of acid-forming foods. Your body has a blood pH level of 7.4, making it basic, and this pH is controlled through breathing and urination. However, the pH level is not the same in all parts of your body. For instance, your stomach has a pH level of 1.35-3.5 to enable it to break down what you consume. Regardless of the pH of your body been tightly regulated, the pH of your urine is altered when your body needs to balance its pH in correlation to what you eat.
Dietary Acid LoadsGenerally, foods that contain high dietary acid loads include soft drinks, meat, and processed grains. On the other hand, vegetables and fruits are alkaline because they have low dietary acid loads. Diets that are low in dietary acids can promote heart health and kidney health, while those that are high in dietary acids can have the opposite effect. Furthermore, high dietary acid loads have been linked to obesity, and high blood sugar levels; so, it’s a wise decision to limit your intake of foods with high PRALs.
- Processed Grains
- Soft Drinks
- Red Meat