What is the Most Alkaline Food on Earth?

by Ross Bridgeford

The alkaline diet is focused around eating alkaline foods and avoiding acid foods. So wouldn’t it make sense to know what the most alkaline food is? Of course, there are many contenders, but if you make sure you eat a lot of the most alkaline food then you will rapidly start to experience the wonderful benefits of the alkaline diet.

How we know that foods are alkaline?

There are two ways to determine whether a food is acid or alkaline. A right way and a wrong way! The reason I say this is because one method tests the alkalinity or acidity of the food before it is eaten whereas the other measures whether the food is acid-forming or alkaline-forming in the body and I am much more interested in the latter.

This is why you see the differences in the acid/alkaline food charts. To quote a previous blog post, here is my explanation:

Some charts determine acidity or alkalinity on the food before it is consumed & others (like mine) are more interested in the effect the food has on the body after it has been consumed.

Personally, I have no interest in what a food is before I’ve eaten it – I want to know whether it will alkalise or acidify my body. Make sense?

Some stand out examples include fruit, as you mentioned, such as banana – but another great example is the low sugar fruits such as tomato and lemon. These are listed under the PRAL charts as acidic, and in their natural state they are – but they are very, very alkalising once consumed and are a really integral part of the alkaline diet – featuring in hundreds and hundreds of recipes.

I hate to think of the amount of people there are out there who are eating a heap of high sugar fruits every day and are not getting any tomato, avocado, lemons, limes etc.

Some people I have spoken to even eat ONLY fruit for half of the day. They are literally living the acid diet!

So, What is the Most Alkaline Food

There are many contenders! Here is a run down of my favourites:

Spinach

spinach alkaline food

Spinach is a great addition to your diet. It ticks all of the boxes: dark green; leafy; full of chlorophyll and absolutely packed with nutrients including vitamin k; vitamin a; vitamin c; vitamins b1 b2, b3 & b6; vitamin e and contains the following highly alkaline minerals:

  • manganese
  • folate
  • magnesium
  • iron
  • potassium
  • calcium

Plus, for those who are worried that living alkaline will not provide enough protein & calcium – one serve of spinach provides 11% RDI of protein and 25% RDI of calcium. Lovely stuff.

I also like that spinach can be easily used in juices, smoothies, salads, wraps and can also be steamed lightly to let you eat a massive serve really easily. Seriously, try it – steam 3 serves of spinach down, season and you can easily eat it in one meal.

Cucumber

cucumber alkaline food

Cucumber is a very big part of my life! At any given time I’ll have up to 12 cucumbers in my fridge! Brilliant in juices and smoothies they also provide a base for most of my alkaline soups and I love them in salads too. Belonging to the same family as watermelon, zucchini, pumpkin, and other types of squash – they’re water-rich and nutrient dense.

Containing solid levels of vitamin c; vitamin a; potassium; manganese; folate and magnesium they are not as nutrient dense as spinach, but do contain way more water, which has it’s obvious benefits.

Fantastic for the skin, cucumbers are highly alkaline and so important to the alkaline diet. Even if you find the concept of drinking a green vegetable juice too much at this stage, throw a cucumber in with your other juice – you’ll barely notice the taste but you’ll definitely notice the nutrition!

Broccoli

broccoli alkaline food

BROCCOLI! What a star. Containing masses of vitamin c; vitamin k; vitamin a; folate; fibre; manganese; potassium; magnesium; iron and protein – broccoli really packs a nutritional punch. Touted for it’s amazing health benefits, broccoli HAS to be a part of your diet. It’s just too good.

Steamed, raw (in salads) or lightly steam fried, it is a fantastic food. Plus, when it is steamed the fibre in the brocolli binds and is a really effective digestive tract cleanser!

While I am not making this claim directly myself, heaps of recent research has linked broccoli to being very effective against many types of cancer and other degenerative disease.

Here are just a few reports from the dear old BBC:

Broccoli fights cancer
Broccoli fights prostate cancer
Broccoli fights heart disease

Kale

kale on chopping board

A wildcard in this list that was originally going to just be the three above, Kale is included because of it’s excellent antioxidant properties, as well as it’s alkaline nutritional profile that includes masses of vitamin K, vitamin A and vitamin C, as well as the important minerals manganese, calcium and iron.

A lot less commonly seen than the other foods on this list, kale is a great addition to your diet. I like to juice it and include it in my legendary dinner “The Vegetable Mountain” (quite simply a mountain of steamed vegetables) as well as finely sliced in steam/stir frys and with my Alkaline Cooked Breakfast.

A word of warning: do try to find organic kale if you can as pesticides are commonly found on kale that is sold in supermarkets. If you have an ionizer, wash the kale in strong alkaline water as this alkaline water removes pesticides very effectively.

So Which Food is the Winner: The Most Alkaline Food

Based upon all factors including nutrient content and ease of use – I would have to go with spinach – spinach is the most alkaline food.

It is SO full of nutrients, highly alkaline minerals and you can use it in so many recipes it means you can get so much of it into your diet – absolutely fantastic!

So eat up and follow popeye’s advice!

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About Ross Bridgeford

Ross Bridgeford is known as THE Alkaline Diet Expert...especially when it comes to implementation and making the alkaline diet REAL in your life. He has been living, learning, teaching, coaching and loving the alkaline lifestyle since 2004 and has written over 650 articles, alkaline recipes, videos and guides on how to live alkaline and stay alkaline for life.

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Michah July 20, 2014 at 5:12 pm

I have to be careful to not eat too much vitamin k since my blood tends together too thick. What is the best way to eat an alkaline diet without raising my vitamin k levels? Thank you!

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Ruby April 15, 2014 at 5:03 am

Where do we find all the answers to these questions, as I have the same. I’ve been told that to reduce the oxalic in spinach it’s best to steam it, not to eat it raw, so I find Caroles comment confusing. Also the grittyness is because it grows mostly in sandy soil , hence it needs lots of washing to remove it, not contributed to oxalic acid . :-/

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star November 19, 2012 at 9:42 pm

if one to consume red meat without getting acid formed ,is to add lots of spinash?

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star November 19, 2012 at 9:38 pm

among all in the food kingdom ,is apricot the most alkaline forming of all ?

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Dave March 21, 2012 at 3:49 am

Yeah spinach is great, and great article. But people should remember to wash the spinach very well as i believe it tops the list of the most pesticide ridden vegetables. Look up ‘dity dozen foods’ on google. Good luck everyone.

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Energise Ross February 20, 2014 at 2:04 am

Hey Dave – good heads up – totally agree. Spinach is one food I prefer to buy organic.

Here’s that list you mentioned: http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary.php

Cheers
Ross

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Hmbissa September 19, 2011 at 2:11 am

Hi
Ross,it is a verry important information,as i searching for a lists of alkaline-rich foods since a while. Most of them are already my daily coices thank you.

Hambissa

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Carol October 9, 2010 at 10:06 pm

The oxalic acid in spinach binds to calcium to form calcium oxalate, which reduces the availability of calcium and also can also lead to the formation of kidney stones. Older leaves contain more oxalic acid than young ones, and cooked spinach seems more of a problem than raw. A gritty, chalky effect on the teeth, it is an indication of high levels of this acid.

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rita chappell October 9, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Hi Ross.

Great reading – always such a pleasure – I am “112″ and found out last year that I have a 11 cm circle of Emphysema on one lung. (Well I was a stupid smoker for about 50 years) anyways apart from that I have oddly enough, always been very health minded and when I found out about my problem I decided to change my eating habits even more and now do not indulge in the love of my life CHEESE nor indeed ALL other dairy produce. My lung symptoms are minimal – I drink a lot of my meals from my USA juice extractor which I love and dont eat any meat whatsoever. I still work full time, can garden all weekend and still feel full o` beans. So my message to you is GOOD ON YER. and YES SPINACH AND CO ARE THE GREATEST!! Regards from great nan xxx ps more simple but great recipes like Truman Andersons would be very much appreciated by many including yours truly. x

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Truman Anderson October 9, 2010 at 1:13 am

Very cool, Ross, and I love all of the foods listed above…I also like watermelon and make vinaigrette dressing with watermelon, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, alkaline water, garlic, ginger, organic extra virgin olive oil, and a little naturally brewed, organic soy sauce…

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Diane October 8, 2010 at 6:25 am

Can you tell me, please, the difference between Spinach and Silver beet as far as alkalinity. I grow silverbeet so much easier and absolutely love it daily.

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Janine October 3, 2010 at 11:14 am

Thanks heaps for this info, I will endevour to eat more of these foods. Cheers Janine

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bok October 1, 2010 at 12:53 am

Its great to know all this. especially Spinach. Its wonders and so easily accessible.
Thank you so much.
Will there be an adverse effect of too much alkaline?
What will happen then??

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Lilian Kariuki September 30, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Hi Ross,

Thanks for sharing this information. I however wish to differ with you about the PH of Kale. I happen to suffer from excessive acidity and while i do agree that spinach, cucumber and broccoli help to combat my acidity, kale often worsen it. I have learnt to exclude it from my diet or use antiacid medication after eating it. While I am not implying that my problem with kale is an ultimate test of acidity in Kale, I would highly appreciate any information that would help explain why i suffer from acidity after eating kale.

Thanks

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elaine September 29, 2010 at 9:47 pm

oops, forgot..same about cucumbers….does it matter which type of cucumber????

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elaine September 29, 2010 at 9:46 pm

hi Ross. i have been using silverbeet..is it the same value as spinach??? or should I switch to spinach….

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David Mandia September 29, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Thanks Rosse am so happy To hear about it coz am the one who try to looking for alkaline food,am so happy for this,so according to our place where we are living how about stiff pouligeand rice or cassava?i think you now these food how about it?

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jacqueline fogarty September 29, 2010 at 12:04 pm

I am in search of someone who undrestands alkaline dieting and food combining. I follow a strict fruit and vegetable diet with incorporation of proteins at night. I need a running list of foods to eat and guidance on whether the fruit I am eating is alkaline or acidic? Please let me know.

Jacqueline Fogarty

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seeds September 29, 2010 at 11:58 am

So isn’t alkaline foods not particularly great for you? Yet all those above are perceived as being quite healthy foods.

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Cathy September 29, 2010 at 10:51 am

Hi Ross,
You look so cute and so smart! Thank you for the information. Spinach is a favorite of mine! I appreciate all your write ups on eating alkaline. You may be interested in Sunrider too. Sunrider is a company that produces herbal products so pure and highly concentrated. The effects of using Sunrider are nothing short of miraculous! I have been using them for 20 years…a great complement to eating alkaline. Thanks!

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Broccoli September 29, 2010 at 1:46 am

Thanks Ross! Your research is highly informative and very very useful, especially now that I’m learning the proper way of eating the right kind of food. =)

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Ruby Magno September 29, 2010 at 1:38 am

Thanks for the info. I want to know if wheatgrass is most alkaline food than spinach.

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lomwell labrador September 29, 2010 at 1:31 am

Thanks. But here in the philippines, not much spinach can be found especially those living in the south.

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Danny Lopez September 28, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Can one eat a total alkaline diet daily, or try?
I get alot of gas from non alkaline foods,, like a tostada with a few greens and tomatoes, is it because its mixing alkaline with acid foods?

Im taking protein shakes for the gym,, can I mix them with(blend) spinach?

thanks ,

Danny

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Kim French September 28, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Hi Ross glad to hear about the spinage as I try and pack it in to everything,also just started using your alkiline cook book and love it, at last sum yummy food that’s all alkiline thanks soooo much dude

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christine harris September 28, 2010 at 8:24 pm

thank you so much for your help we all have to train ourselves into eating the right food it makes such a difference and i am feeling much better now thank you again for waking me up. christine

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Heather September 28, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Hi- Is an alkaline diet good for fertility in men and women?

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maya September 28, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Thank you so much for the wealth of information………… I have started on my journey to becoming healthy and alkaline. Keep it up and send all information and delicious recipes.

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Krista September 28, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Ross!

This is awesome! Thanks for your email directing me to your blog. This is so affirming! I’ve been bumping up my alkalizing food intake lately – due to joint pain I’ve been experiencing… I’d have to say that I eat your first three EVERY DAY! YUM! And Kale 2-3 times a week.

You’re so right about spinach! You can blend it in ANYTHING. I made potato pancakes the other day and blended in spinach and basil and serano, garlic, and red onion… a little powerhouse of alkalinity!

I blend spinach into just about every sauce I make too!

It’s a GREAT way to get more nutrition into kids too! My brother blends greens and other veggies into the food he makes his daughter.

Thanks for your fabulous blog and I love the bright pictures!

Krista :O )
Singer/Songwriter and a student of nutrition!!

PS – I also squeeze lemon or lime in and on everything for added alkalizing fun!

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JILL September 28, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Thanks for all the great information. I’ve read in various books about acidity and alkalinity, including The PH Miracle, and can honestly say that your explanations are the clearest and easiest to really understand. Thanks for all your generosity

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Pavlina September 28, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Thank you!
Doesn’t broccoli give you the bloating? Or it’s a myth!

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Susan September 28, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Good to know! I love my spinach salads :-)

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Kat Rhe September 28, 2010 at 5:00 pm

I think the alkaline diet makes alot of sense, but recently I had two horrible attacks of diverticulitis and was in the hospital for several weeks, one more and my doctor will perform surgery. I know I have to change my eating habits but I am not sure which course to take. Is it safe to eat these foods? They basically told me to stay away from uncooked vegetables, salads, nuts, the skin on anything, and spicy foods? However, I did not eat much of these foods before. I mostly ate pasta. Any insight would be helpful. Thanks

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Susn Anderson September 28, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Hi Ross! This is Susan Anderson in Arizona. I have been following Dr. Young’s “The PH Miracle” and have been using all for veggies you listed. Love this way of eating and am having wonderful results.

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Aranka September 28, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Spinach is very high in oxalic acid, and when eaten in large amounts (as in green smoothies with avocados, cucumbers etc.) could pose some serious threat to the kidneys, as when oxalic acid is present with calcium rich foods, it will form a stone.

The Chinese culture avoids it big time, eventhough they have a good reputation for including many, many dark green vegetation in their diet.

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Ed September 17, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Do you have clinical evidence to back your claim?

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Martin September 28, 2010 at 2:52 pm

I’d like to get easy receipes of alkaline food, I’ll share mine with anybody that requested.
Thank you

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Sabine Chiquet September 28, 2010 at 5:33 am

Thanks Ross~! I’m amazed to hear about the spinach! I’ve been avoiding it (even it was one of my fave foods that I was brought up on) Since following macrobiotic diet which advises that it has some ‘acid’ (can’t remember whichone) which is better to avoid…

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