By: Christopher Vasey, ND

Acidification in the body comes as a result of THREE primary things:

1. Eating too many acidifying foods which create an acid ash in your body.

This is where proper diet comes in. By eating a diet of 80% alkalizing foods, you’ll eliminate the production of excess acid in your body.

2. Microforms like bacteria, yeasts and fungi create acidic toxins in your body.

Not only that, but they proliferate in an acidic body. So, not only do they “show-up” in an acidic body, they also pollute and further acidify your body. For this reason, it is important to cleanse & detoxify your body in order to jumpstart the process of balancing your pH.

List of Alkaline Foods - The pH Balanced Diet | in5d.com3. You lack prober alkaline buffers such as certain minerals that neutralize acids.

By increasing your intake of alkaline-mineral rich water and alkaline supplements, you will replenish your body’s capacity to neutralize excess acids.

For the purposes of identifying the acid or alkaline potential of foods, we have divided the following list into three basic categories – alkalizing, slightly acidifying, and very acidifying. Even within a single category, however, not all foods are uniformly alkalizing, acidifying, or acid.

The classification used here presents foods in a three-column chart. Alkaline foods(vegetables) are divided into strongly alkalizing, slightly alkalizing, and acidifying. Acid foods are categorized as alkalizing, slightly acidifying, and strongly acidifying. This division helps people suffering from acidification avoid inadvertently choosing only weakly alkalizing foods when they could just as easily eat strongly alkalizing foods, which are of much greater benefit in correcting the imbalance of their internal environment.

This is not a precise hierarchical organization, where each food occupies a set place with regard to the others; we currently lack the objective criteria necessary for establishing such an exact hierarchy. Analysis of a food’s chemical composition is not germane because it does not take into account what happens once the food has been ingested. As we have seen, digestion and the body’s utilization of foods alter their properties. These classifications are therefore based on observation of the effects these foods have on the body.

List of Alkaline Foods - The pH Balanced Diet | in5d.comBased on your own experience, however, you may feel one food or another is better placed in a category different than the one assigned to it here. This is not surprising, since each person’s body has its own strengths and weakness in handling certain foods. It can in fact be the case that a food has a very acidifying effect on one person, whereas for most people its acidifying effect is weak. You are well advised to trust your own experience rather than to base all your food choices on theory.

Nonetheless, the classification on these charts is valid for the majority of people. Fort he rest, it can serve as a useful guide for taking the first steps while they are in the process of determining how to modify their diet according to their individual needs and the intrinsic capabilities of their own bodies.

Fresh Fruits

AlkalineSlightly AcidicVery Acidic
Golden Delicious ApplesWinesap apples
Pears: Bartlett, Comice, Bosc, SeckelOther pears
GrapesNectarines, Greengage Plums
PlumsOther apricots
Very ripe apricotsMorello Cherries
Bing Cherries
Yellow plums (mirabelles)


AlkalineSlightly AcidicVery Acidic
Strawberries, big and sweetStrawberries, small and tart
GooseberriesRed Currants in bunches
BlueberriesBlack Currants
Sea Buckthorn

Citrus Fruits

AlkalineSlightly AcidicVery Acidic

Exotic Fruits

AlkalineSlightly AcidicVery Acidic

Dried Fruit

AlkalineSlightly AcidicVery Acidic
RaisinsPrunesTart apricots, sulfur treated
Sweet Apricots, dried naturallyPears


AlkalineSlightly AcidicVery Acidic
PotatoesGreen Vegetables
Salad Greens: Chicory, Escarole, Lettuces, Mache, Dandelion
Green Cabbage
Celery Stalks
Green Beans
Beet Greens
Brussel Sprouts

Colored Vegetables

AlkalineSlightly AcidicVery Acidic
Red BeetsEndive
Red CabbageCeleriac
Yellow BeansSalsify
Sweet PotatoesArtichoke

Fruiting Vegetables

AlkalineSlightly AcidicVery Acidic
Edible GourdsAvocadoEggplant
ZuchiniTomatoSour Pickles


AlkalineSlightly AcidicVery Acidic
Brazil NutsSesame SeedsHazelnuts
Black Olives in oilPine nutsPeanuts
Green OlivesPistachios
Pumpkin Seeds
Olives in Brine or vinegar

Cereal Grains

AlkalineSlightly AcidicVery Acidic
CornWheatWhite Rice
BuckwheatBrown RiceCouscous
Whole Semolina
Cream of Rice


AlkalineSlightly AcidicVery Acidic
Whole Grain Bread (without yeast)Yeast Bread
Dark BreadWhite Bread

Other Grains

AlkalineSlightly AcidicVery Acidic
Crackers – Whole GrainCrackers -White Flour
Pasta – Whole GrainPasta – White Flour
Cereal – Whole Grain soaked for about 10 hoursSugar Frosted Cereal
Naturally Baked Corn FlakesSweetned Granola
Granola Bar – Whole Grain with little sugarGranola Bar – With lots of sugar
Cookies and Cakes – Whole Grain with little sugarCookies, Cakes – White Flour with sugar
Cookies and Cakes – Whole Grain with little sugarCookies, Cakes and – White Flour with sugar
Cookies and Cakes – Whole WheatPies and White Cake Flour

Dairy Products

AlkalineSlightly AcidicVery Acidic
Raw Whole MilkPasteurized MilkUltrapasteurized Milk
Banana SmoothieFruit SmoothieChocolate Milk
Creme Fraiche
Fresh ButterHeated Butter used in cooking
Soft Unriped Cheeses – Well drainedSoft Unriped Cheeses – Slightly drained
Soft Cheeses – Camembert, Brie, fresh young cheese with little fat contentSoft Cheeses – Camembert, Brie, old cheese with high fat content
Hard Cheeses – Swiss, ProvoloneHard Cheeses – Stronger flavor, Parmesan
Acidophilous MilkYogurt Drinks without sugarYogurt Sweetened with Fruit
Fresh WheySlightly Aged WheyAged Whey
Fresh ButtermilkAged Buttermilk
Egg YolkWhole Eggs

Meat and Fish

AlkalineSlightly AcidicVery Acidic
White Meat – Chicken, Rabbit, Veal, Young LambRed Meat – Cow, Mutton, Pig, Cold Cuts
Lean Fish – Whiting, Sole, Flounder, Trout, PerchFatty Fish – Salmon, Carp, Herring, Mackerel
OystersCrustaceans – Lobster, Shrimp, Crayfish, Mussels

Miscellaneous Foods

AlkalineSlightly AcidicVery Acidic
Raw Cane Sugar – SuccanatMaple Syrup, HoneyWhite, Brown Sugar
Sea SaltTable SaltFatty Fish – Salmon, Carp, Herring, Mackerel
Virgin Cold Pressed: Sunflower,
Olive, Safflower, etc.
Heat Pressed: Sunflower,
Olive, Safflower, etc.
Peanut, Walnut, Hazelnut oils
used in cooking (heated)
nonhydrogenated vegetable
hydrogenated margarine (palm or coconut oil


AlkalineSlightly AcidicVery Acidic
Water with pH of 7 – 10Tap WaterHeavily Carbonated
Herbal Tea – Mint, Verbena, Linden, etc.Herabl Tea – Green Tea, Birchbark, Rose Hips, Fruit peelsCoffee, Black Tea, Hot Chocolate with sugar
Green Juices from Grasses – Wheat GrassTomato JuiceCommercial Lemonade
Fresh Vegetable JuiceFresh LemonadeSoda
BeerLiqueurs, Cordials
wineStrong Spirits

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Christopher Vasey is a naturopath living in Chamby-Montreux, Switzerland. He studied at a naturopathy school in Paris under the supervision of P.V. Marchesseau and Alain Rousseaux

In 1979 he started his own practice. Alongside his therapeutic work, he continued his formation by studying the works of famous naturopaths such as Dr Paul Carton, Shelton, Robert Masson, R. Jackson, Kneipp, etc.

From 1981 he organized his own introductory courses to naturopathy for the public and started teaching in various health-oriented associations such as natural medicine therapists, their staff and health shops, etc.