People in Totowa, NJ, have started the year right with many vowing to exercise more and eat healthier. What are healthy foods? What foods should you eat and which should you avoid? Some wonder whether you should avoid acidic foods to maintain good health. What are acidic foods? They’re foods that have a pH of 4.6 or lower.
The problem, however, is not the acidity of the food that makes a difference but the amount of acidity created when the food is digested and metabolized. Foods that can create an acidic condition in the body include seafood, processed and fresh meat, cheese, and certain other dairy products, some starchy food, soft drinks, and supplements made with animal protein.
As noted before, it’s not about how acidic the food is, but how acidic it makes the body upon digestion. Most people will agree that lemons are acidic, but it’s not the effect they have on the body. They leave alkaline ash in the urine after eating them. If you eat sugar or food with added sugar, it leaves acidic ash in the urine. Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, regardless of the food’s acidity level, makes more alkaline ash in the urine. The acidity of the ash left in the urine is the only change that occurs in the body regardless of the food you eat. Eating highly acidic or alkaline food won’t change your body’s pH.
Not all foods that create acidic ash are unhealthy. Seafood, lean meat, and dairy cause acidic ash, but they’re also healthy foods. Refined sugar, alcohol, soft drinks, and white flour products are also high acid producers, but they don’t fit into any healthy diet. Rather than focusing on acid producers, focus on healthier options at the table. Eat more alkaline ash producers like greens, eat moderate dairy, and cut out food with added sugar entirely.
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