Acid-Alkaline (pH) Balance in the Body: The Highest Acid Forming Common Foods List

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Numerous studies have shown that maintaining the body in a slightly alkaline state is critical to optimal health.  Food plays an important role in the body's acid-alkaline (pH) balance.  The following is a list of common foods that are the highest ranking acid forming foods. 


This list contains common foods consumed in an average American diet.  It is not all-inclusive, does not including beverages and fast foods, and is intended for informational purposes only - please be sure to read the Disclaimer at the end of this article.
  • Bacon
  • Bagels
  • Beef (including bologna, hamburgers, hot dogs, steaks, roasts, etc.)
  • Biscuits
  • Bread and breadsticks made from white flour (including white bread, pita bread)
  • Brown sugar
  • Brownies
  • Burritos (with beef or chicken)
  • Cakes (including angel's food, devil's food, yellow cake, coffee cake, cheese cake and carrot cake with cream cheese topping)
  • Cheese (most hard and aged cheeses, including American, Camembert, aged cheddar, Gouda, mozzarella, aged Swiss)
  • Caesar salad dressing
  • Chicken noodle soup
  • Chicken nuggets
  • Chicken sandwich (broiled or fried)
  • Chili with beef
  • Chips (most fried chips, including corn, potato and tortilla chips)
  • Chocolate (including dark, milk and baking chocolate)
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Cookies (including chocolate chip, vanilla and sugared cookies)
  • Corn flakes (frosted/sugared)
  • Corn syrup
  • Cottonseed meal and oil
  • Couscous
  • Crackers (Saltines and Matzoh from white flour)
  • Cranberry sauce (sweetened)
  • Croissants
  • Croutons from white flour
  • Cupcakes
  • Egg noodles from white flour
  • Farina
  • Fish fillet sandwich (fried)
  • Fried foods
  • Fruit preserves (jams and jellies sweetened with sugar or corn syrup)
  • Grits (from soy)
  • Hazelnut butter 
  • Hazelnuts (filberts)
  • Hops
  • Ice cream (all flavors)
  • Lasagna
  • Lobster
  • Luncheon meat (including corned beef, roast beef, pork sausage and salami)
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Malt
  • Mussels
  • Pancakes from white flour
  • Pasta from white flour (including linguini, macaroni and spaghetti)
  • Pastries (Danish and puff pastries)
  • Phosphoric acid (commercial flavoring)
  • Pies (most flavors of commercial pies that are highly sweetened)
  • Pizza
  • Pretzels from white flour
  • Puddings (most brands and most flavors)
  • Quiche (all types)
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Shrimp
  • Salt (iodized table salt) 
  • Soybeans
  • Soy flour
  • Soy flour (tofu) burgers and hot dogs
  • Soy nuts
  • Soy protein (concentrate and isolate)
  • Tacos (beef or chicken)
  • Tofu (soybean curd, all types)
  • Tofu frozen desserts (all types)
  • Tortillas (from white flour)
  • Swordfish
  • Veal 
  • Waffles from white flour
  • Walnuts
  • White flour (including white rice and wheat flour)
  • White sugar
  • Yeast
  • Yogurt made from soy (sweetened or unsweetened)
  • White vinegar
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Disclaimer: Nothing in this Article is intended or should be construed as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content herein is for informational purposes only. You should consult with and seek the advise of a physician or qualified health professional before taking any supplements, herbs or over-the-counter medicine; modifying, restricting or altering your food, beverage or supplement intake; starting an exercise or diet program; or making any dietary, nutritional, exercise or lifestyle changes in order to determine it is right and advisable for your individual needs.

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