The Seven Most Acidic Foods

by Energise Ross

The most acidic foods

The Seven Most Acidic Foods (Avoid These Every Day)

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I’m pretty easy going compared to most.

When it comes to helping/teaching/supporting/coaching people to get alkaline and break through their health goals, I have a very realistic, achievable, relaxed (but powerful) approach.

In the nine (9!) years that I’ve been teaching and living the alkaline lifestyle I’ve learned and proven over and over again that getting alkaline is easiest, most enjoyable and most likely to be stuck with if you take it day-by-day, step-by-step and don’t have perfection as the goal.

By that I mean:

…you should always allow yourself treats, you never have to give up everything and you can still live a normal life, still go out with friends, still socialise and still feel like you can have your favourite foods.

SEE ALSO: Get Over 150+ Delicious, Easy Alkaline Recipes Here

I’ve talked a lot in the past about my method of ‘Focus on The Good, Crowd Out the Bad‘ which is a whole other topic, but in short it’s all about making sure you focus on getting the good in rather than worrying about going cold turkey and putting your brain into a state where you’re always worried about restricting yourself, giving stuff up and therefore missing and craving your favourite foods.

But…! There are certain foods that you should try to let go of asap. These are the worst of the worst. The most acidic of the acidic. And I really want you to transition away from these seven foods as soon as you can.

Certainly don’t let these exist in your everyday life. For each I’ve given some of the Potential Issues and some scientific research – this is here to try and help increase your motivation to eat these foods less!

We all face crossroads every day – when these acidic treats are calling our name, so hopefully this will help you to say no more easily!

The Seven Most Acidic Foods

1. Cola/Soft Drinks:

Cola has to come in at number one and I could write a whole thesis on why. But let’s just touch on the main points as to why I quite literally never touch colas, lemonades, sports drinks and other fizzy, carbonated beverages. Full of sugar, chemicals, sweeteners and ingredients that are actually known and proven as being dangerous for human health (hello phosphoric acid).

It’s almost impossible to know where to start with listing out how SHOCKINGLY BAD cola and soft drinks are for our health (and chemically addictive), so I’ll start with the ingredients and then move onto the research that proves just SOME of the health problems that cola causes (again, proven).

  • Sugar: colas contain sugar. Loads and loads of it. About 10 teaspoons per 330ml can. This. Is. Crazy.

    Remembering that sugar is more addictive than cocaine, it would be very wise to begin your transition away from cola and sodas right now. Today.

    As Mercola says “It is a proven fact that sugar increases insulin levels, which can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, premature aging and many more negative side effects. Most sodas include over 100 percent of the RDA of sugar.”

  • Phosphoric Acid: known to interfere with the body’s ability to use and absorb calcium, this is one of the main reasons why cola consumption is so strongly linked to osteoporosis
  • Caffeine: caffeine is of course not only highly acidic, but also a cause of dehydration (as a diuretic). Most colas would contain around 55mg of caffeine, which is just shy of the 65mg found in a shot of proper espresso. This is a LOT of caffeine to get from a beverage that isn’t even coffee! Caffeine has also been shown to increase the risk of insomnia, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, elevated blood cholesterol levels, vitamin and mineral depletion, breast lumps, birth defects and more.
  • High-fructose modified corn syrup: geez, where do you even start with HFCS. Unquestionably linked to obesity, type II diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, liver failure, kidney failure and more. It’s no surprise to find that since the US consumption per person of HFCS went from 0 to 60 lbs per person per year obesity has tripled and diabetes has grown seven-fold. Of course, there are other variables but you can’t ignore this. Now I could go into a LOT of depth here on HFCS but let’s just leave it here. It’s a horrible, horrible curse that has been put upon our modern society by the food industry in the last few decades. Thank goodness for people like Dr Mark Hyman and others – we’re all smartening up!
  • Other random chemicals: While the federal limit for benzene in drinking water is 5 parts per billion (ppb), researchers have found benzene levels as high as 79 ppb in some soft drinks, and of the 100 brands tested, most had at least some detectable level of benzene present
  • Aspartame: the worst of the worst when it comes to sweeteners (and the reason why diet sodas and colas are just as bad as the regular kind), aspartame is the sweetener with over 92 different health side effects that have been associated with it’s consumption including brain tumors, birth defects, diabetes, emotional disorders and epilispsy/seizures and more.

And the simple fact is, sugar, caffeine, HFCS, sweeteners are all HIGHLY acidic, and sodas contain them in abundance.

Let’s put it like this – you can’t be alkaline and consume cola on a daily basis.

But here are some other scary facts about regular cola/soft drink consumption:

  • The British medical journal “The Lancet” published a study showing that, during a two year study, those 12-year olds who drank soda on a daily basis had a 60% increase in the risk of obesity!
  • One cola per day can increase your risk of diabetes by up to 85%
  • Sheffield University research discovered that the chemical called sodium benzoate which is found in almost all colas and soft drink actually disrupts and damages DNA! The researcher reported that “And there is a whole array of diseases that are now being tied to damage to this DNA – Parkinson’s and quite a lot of neurodegenerative diseases, but above all, the whole process of aging.”
  • and so much more!

Potential Issues with Cola/Soda: cola consumption is linked to an increased risk of: obesity, diabetes, liver damage, tooth decay, chronic kidney disease, heartburn/reflux, osteoporosis, heart disease, gastrointestinal diseases, cancers, gout and so much more.

Scientific Research:
Bray, G.A., Nielsen, S.J., and B.M. Popkin. 2004. Consumption of high-fructose corn syrup in beverages may play a role in the epidemic of obesity. Am J Clin Nutr. 79(4):537-43.

1. Caroline M. Apovian, MD. 2004. Sugar-Sweetened Soft Drinks, Obesity, and Type 2 Diabetes. JAMA. 2004;292(8):978-979. doi:10.1001/jama.292.8.978.

2. Matthias B. Schulze, DrPH; JoAnn E. Manson, MD; David S. Ludwig, MD; Graham A. Colditz, MD; Meir J. Stampfer, MD; Walter C. Willett, MD; Frank B. Hu, MD. 2004. Sugar-Sweetened Beverages, Weight Gain, and Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes in Young and Middle-Aged Women. JAMA. 2004;292(8):927-934. doi:10.1001/jama.292.8.927.

3. Hyon K Choi,Soft drinks, fructose consumption, and the risk of gout in men: prospective cohort study. 2008. British Journal of Medicine. BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 7 February 2008)

4. J James, D Kerr. Prevention of childhood obesity by reducing soft drinks. 2005. International Journal of Obesity (2005) 29, S54–S57. doi:10.1038/sj.ijo.0803062

5. Malik, SV et al. Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Risk of Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes. 2010. Diabetes Care November 2010vol. 33 no. 11 2477-2483

—> and SO many more, I could go on all day!


2. Ice Cream

Almost all is acidic (yes, milk has been researched and many studies state it is not good for you and may not lead to stronger bones, it could actually leads to weaker bones) but ice cream is the worst because it’s just so dense! Something that is always scary is the amount of something alkaline needed to neutralise a strong acid – the ratio is 20:1.

That means it takes 20 cups of something alkaline to neutralise 1 cup of a strong acid. Unfair isn’t it? This ratio is certainly true of milk – it would take 20 glasses of alkaline water to neutralise 1 glass of milk. Not good. But it actually works out that it would take twelve times as much, that’s 240 cups of something alkaline to neutralise ONE cup of ice cream! Crikey!

It’s that bad. Truly.

Personally, if I ever have even a little bit of ice cream I feel tired instantly and get a headache. It’s instant. I hate the stuff for it. It literally couldn’t taste good enough for me to want to eat it and get that response in my body. It takes 12lbs of milks to make 1lb of ice cream – always remember that.

And this doesn’t even take into consideration the additives, colourings, sweeteners and other chemicals and acidic substances that go into ice-cream to make it so addictive and sweet.

Ice cream is an easy one to get rid of. Do it!

[note, if you need any more convincing, I just found this on about vanilla ice-cream:]

If you’re a label-reader like me, you may see castoreum listed on vanilla & raspberry ice cream. Ick factor: What they don’t say on the label is that castoreum is the anal secretions & urine from a beaver. While not known to be harmful, knowing there’s beaver pee in your ice cream may help you cut empty calories!

Hope that helped!


Potential Issues with Ice Cream: mucous forming, causes acne, heightens allergies, contains hormones, pesticide residues, microforms, mycotoxins, high levels of unhealthy fats, contains lactose, can contain bacteria, can lead to bone weakening, weight gain and digestive issues, cardiovascular health.

Scientific Research:

1. Soedamah-Muthu SS, Ding EL, et al; Milk and dairy consumption and incidence of cardiovascular diseases and all-cause mortality; American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2011 Vol 93 no 1, 158-171

2. Adebamowo, CA, D Spiegelman, CS Berkey, et al. Milk consumption and acne in adolescent girls. Dermotol Online J. 2006;12:1

3. Lanou AJ, Berkow SE, Barnard ND. Calcium, dairy products, and bone health in children and young adults: a reevaluation of the evidence. Pediatrics. 2005;115:736-743.

4. Feskanich D, Willett WC, Colditz GA. Calcium, vitamin D, milk consumption, and hip fractures: a prospective study among postmenopausal women. Am J Clin Nutr. 2003;77:504-511.


3. Sugar

Sugar is sugar is sugar. It’s at the root of all acidity!

SEE ALSO: How to Banish Sugar Cravings

Sugar is quite literally an acidic waste product that for acids in the body is like petrol on a fire. And this counts for all sugar, white, brown, raw, cane, corn, malts, honey, molasses, sucrose, fructose (yes fruit), lactose, maltose, glucose and anything else ending in -ose.

Now, I know this isn’t exactly an easy one to give up entirely and so it sticks out in this list a little (and this article as a whole) but I do want you to start to lower the amount of sugar in your life and move slowly away from it. It’s at the root cause of all sickness and disease.

All sugars cause a rapid rise in blood sugar, which then creates an environment for the creation of bacteria, yeast and mold within the body (i.e. a hugely acidic digestive system, candida overgrowth, digestive issues, mal-absorption of nutrients and any sickness or disease you can think of).

The worst thing is, of course, the more sugar the body gets, the more acidic it gets, and so the more it craves – to keep feeding these acidic microforms. As I said earlier – sugar is more addictive than cocaine – and so the only way to cut this off is to alkalise the body and slowly transition away.

Giving up sugar is normally really hard, but with the alkaline approach – the more alkaline you get the less you’ll crave. It makes it so much easier and less stressful to give up this drug.

And something I’ve used myself to overcome sugar addiction (as have thousands of our customers) is pH Miracle’s pHour Salts. Remember, sugar cravings are often your body’s cry for salts, and this is a pure alkaline mineral salt product that dramatically alkalises the body. Check it out here.

But as you look at our sugar consumption increase over the past 300 years, it’s clear to see that something needs to be done:

Refined Sugar Consumption Trends in Past 300 Years:

In 1700, the average person consumed about 4 pounds of sugar per year.
In 1800, the average person consumed about 18 pounds of sugar per year.
In 1900, individual consumption had risen to 90 pounds of sugar per year.
In 2009, more than 50 percent us consume 1/2 pound of sugar per day, which is 180 pounds of sugar per year.

Potential Issues with Sugar: highly acidic (like nothing else), .

Scientific Research:

1. Bostick M et al. Sugar, meat, and fat intake, and non-dietary risk factors for colon cancer incidence in Iowa women (United States). Cancer Causes & Control January 1994, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 38-52

2. Michaud DS et al. Dietary Sugar, Glycemic Load, and Pancreatic Cancer Risk in a Prospective Study. JNCI J Natl Cancer Inst (2002) 94 (17): 1293-1300.

3. Slattery ML et al. Dietary sugar and colon cancer. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev September 1997 6; 677

4. Meyer KA et al. Carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and incident type 2 diabetes in older women. Am J Clin Nutr April 2000 vol. 71 no. 4 921-930


4. Hydrogenated and Partially Hydrogenated Fats/ Trans Fats:

As healthy as the healthy oils (omega 3, 6 and 9) are to the body, the wrong fats are devastating. We all know just how bad the bad fats are, and we’ve been told about them for many decades (clogged arteries, heart disease, cancer etc). Animal fats, cheap vegetable oils, butter and (worse, much worse) margarine, trans fats and a lot of saturated fats (coconut aside) are all absolutely shocking for our health.

Trans fatty acids, also known as trans fat, is an artery-clogging fat that is formed when vegetable oils are hardened into margarine or shortening. It’s found in all of the most acid-forming foods – takeaways, fried foods, refined foods, cakes, biscuits, chocolates and chocolate snacks, chips, pizzas etc. You know the drill.

The consumption of trans fats is one of the main causes for the current obesity epidemic and absolutely a huge reason for the diabetes epidemic. Trans fats are proven to increase blood levels of low density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol, while lowering levels of high density lipoprotein (HDL), known as “good” cholesterol. The swines!

Sadly, and truthfully, many food companies use trans fat instead of oil because it reduces cost, extends storage life of products and can improve flavor and texture.

Bear in mind too, and you’ll know this if you’ve seen Hungry for Change, you’ll know that the three ingredients that food companies use to get us addicted to foods are the acid-forming-combo of fat, sugar and salt.

Steer clear of these fats!

And to counteract all of this, remember to add in the GOOD fats too!

Potential Issues with Trans Fats/Hydrogenated Fats: artery clogging, raised ‘bad’ cholesterol and lowered ‘good’ cholesterol, high impact on cardiovascular health, obesity, cancer, diabetes and more.

Scientific Research:

1. Mozaffarian D, Katan M et al. Trans Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Disease. N Engl J Med 2006; 354:1601-1613 April 13, 2006

2. Erkkilä A, de Mello VD, Risérus U, Laaksonen DE. Dietary fatty acids and cardiovascular disease: an epidemiological approach.Prog Lipid Res. 2008 May;47(3):172-87.

3. Mensink R, Katan M. Effect of Dietary trans Fatty Acids on High-Density and Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol Levels in Healthy Subjects. N Engl J Med 1990; 323:439-445 August 16, 1990

4. Salmerón J et al. Dietary fat intake and risk of type 2 diabetes in women. Am J Clin Nutr June 2001 vol. 73 no. 6 1019-1026

5. Van Dam M R et al. Dietary Fat and Meat Intake in Relation to Risk of Type 2 Diabetes in Men. Diabetes Care March 2002 vol. 25 no. 3 417-424


5. Monosodium glutamate:

Monosodium glutamate, also known as sodium glutamate or MSG, is the sodium salt of glutamic acid, a non-essential amino acid. Even though it was classified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as generally recognized as safe (GRAS) the FDA still stated that:

“Studies have shown that the body uses glutamate, an amino acid, as a nerve impulse transmitter in the brain and that there are glutamate-responsive tissues in other parts of the body, as well.

Abnormal function of glutamate receptors has been linked with certain neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s chorea. Injections of glutamate in laboratory animals have resulted in damage to nerve cells in the brain.”

Eeek. If the FDA are saying things like this then it’s time to get worried…

Dr. Russell Blaylock, a board-certified neurosurgeon and author of “Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills” explains that MSG is an excitotoxin, which means it overexcites your cells to the point of damage or death (the same as aspartame and other sweeteners which we’ll get on to), causing brain damage to varying degrees and possibly even causing the worsening of learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease plus more. Wow.

MSG was always known as being something that we only found in Chinese food. This is very misleading – it’s everywhere. Well, it’s everywhere if you eat a lot of refined and fast foods. MSG is a very powerful flavour enhancer so it’s used in products such as crackers, chips, microwave meals, canned foods etc in order to make them taste fresher and more flavoursome.

MSG is hidden in lots of foods within ingredients, so look out for the following on your food labels: Autolyzed Yeast, Calcium Caseinate, Gelatin, Glutamate, Glutamic Acid, Hydrolyzed Protein, Monopotassium Glutamatem, Sodium Caseinate, Textured Protein, Yeast Extract, Yeast Food, Yeast Nutrient.

…and is often found in Flavors and Flavorings, Seasonings, Natural Flavors and Flavorings, Natural Pork Flavoring, Natural Beef Flavoring, Natural Chicken Flavoring, Soy Sauce, Soy Protein Isolate, Soy Protein, Bouillon Stock Broth, Malt Extract, Malt Flavoring, Barley Malt, Anything Enzyme Modified, Maltodextrin, Pectin Enzymes, Protease, Corn Starch, Citric Acid, Powdered Milk, Anything Protein Fortified, Anything Ultra-Pasteurized

[props to Mercola for his research on MSG]
Potential Issues with MSG: highly acidic, numbness, burning sensations, tingling, facial pressure, chest pains, breathing difficulties, headaches, nausea, weakness, fatigue, obesity, kidney failure & more
Scientific Research:

1. Ka He, Liancheng Zhao, et al. Association of Monosodium Glutamate Intake With Overweight in Chinese Adults: The INTERMAP Study. Obesity, 2008; Volume 16, Number 8, pp. 1875–1880.

2. Olney, JW, Ho OL. Brain Damage in Infant Mice following Oral Intake of Glutamate, Aspartate or Cysteine. Nature, August 8, 1970; Volume 227, pp. 609 – 611.

3. Redding T.W. · Schally A.V. · Arimura A. · Wakabayashi I. Effect of Monosodium Glutamate on Some Endocrine Functions

4. Nakanishi Y et al. Monosodium glutamate (MSG): A villain and promoter of liver inflammation and dysplasia. Journal of Autoimmunity Volume 30, Issues 1–2, February–March 2008, Pages 42–50


6. Yeast:

Having too much yeast in the body is predominantly the most acidic thing we can do, and also the biggest cause of acidity!

When we consume yeast, it’s like we’re throwing acid after acid into our body. The outcome of this is that your body is constantly in a state of absolute acidity and the worst thing is the consumption of yeast and the body’s production of yeast is a vicious cycle – the more yeast we throw in, the more yeast we have in our system and the more acids the growth of these yeasts creates, which then feeds the yeast to grow further. Here is my super-simple-diagram to help explain what happens when we keep consuming yeasts, sugars (which turn into yeasts) and more:

acid cycle of imbalance

In an acidic state, the body is constantly being ravaged. The stress of maintaining this level of alkalinity is just too much and so we get sick, tired and full of disease.

Yeasts from bread, pasta, alcohol, baked goods and anything that is made from yeast can cause huge microform overgrowth!


Potential Issues with Yeast: highly acidic, kidney stones, digestive issues, liver complaints, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes, candida, fungal infections and more.


7. Sweeteners:

I’ve kept this broad as ‘all sweeteners’ because they’re all pretty bad, even the natural ones. BUT from here on presume I’m talking about the super-commercial artificial ones (not the stevia types).

If you use these sweeteners in your daily diet – please stop asap! They’re SUCH bad news for your health! And worse still, many are truly not proven as safe for human consumption. Let’s look at Splenda. At the time of it’s approval for the FDA it was claimed it was proven as safe after the review of 110 pieces of research. However, further investigation of that research uncovers some interesting facts:

  1. Of these 110 studies only TWO were human studies
  2. The longest human study lasted FOUR DAYS!
  3. It included only 30 participants
  4. And the study was on tooth decay not our health!

This just goes to highlight another example of the complete and utter bull***t that exists out there when money talks.

The REAL story is this – use of Splenda has been shown to decrease our healthy stomach bacteria by up to 50%.

Ultimately, whichever brand you use you’ll be ingesting one or more of the following: aspartame, saccharine, neotame, sucralose, acesulfame and or cyclamates. These are all highly acidic to the body. For instance, when ingested, aspartame breaks down into formaldehyde in the body!

Please just don’t let them into your body!


Potential Issues with Sweeteners: highly acidic, carcinogenic, migranes, dizziness, fatigue, insomnia, weight gain, loss of taste and linked to a worsening of Parkinson’s fibromyalgia, Alzheimers, thyroid disorders and many more.

Scientific Research:

1. Maher T J , Wurtman R J . Possible neurologic effects of aspartame, a widely used food additive. Environ Health Perspect. 1987 November; 75: 53–57.

2. Mead N. Sour Finding on Popular Sweetener: Increased Cancer Incidence Associated with Low-Dose Aspartame Intake. Environ Health Perspect. 2006 March; 114(3): A176.

3. Vartanian LR et al. Effects of Soft Drink Consumption on Nutrition and Health: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. American Journal of Public Health: April 2007, Vol. 97, No. 4, pp. 667-675.

4. Yang Q. Gain weight by “going diet?” Artificial sweeteners and the neurobiology of sugar cravings. Yale J Biol Med. 2010 June; 83(2): 101–108.


What Next >> The Alkaline Diet Fundamentals: The Easy Way to Rock It

I’m all about mastering the fundamentals. The core handful of super-effective stuff that will make the biggest amount of difference (80/20 rule). This, to me, is much more preferable to trying to aim for perfection and doing it all at once. And in all of my experience this has helped me get more than 4,000 people alkaline and living in their dream body, with their dream health, vitality and energy – while enjoying the process.

If you can master the few simple, core fundamentals then you’ll get 80% or more of the benefit with only 20% of the hard work needed.

I’m going to be talking about this a lot in the next few weeks and months, but right now I want you to consider this guide as being one of the core fundamentals.

Here are a few of the others:

  1. Eat the seven most alkaline foods daily – especially the greens
  2. Transition away from the seven most acidic foods
  3. Stay properly hydrated with good quality alkaline water
  4. Exercise daily – even if just a 15 minute walk or some squats or something! (note: it’s the habit that’s important
  5. Consume omega 3 oils daily
  6. Get plenty of alkaline minerals
  7. Get sunshine and smile!

And even if you want to narrow that down I’d say: greens, oils, hydration & alkaline minerals. Get those four every day and you’ll see huge improvements.

Here are my suggestions:

  • Greens: I have always been a big fan of and now pretty much exclusively use Mega Greens and/or pH Miracle Greens.
  • Oils: it HAS to be Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend every single time!
  • Hydration: of course, getting a Chanson Water Ionizer will do more for your health than pretty much anything else in the hydration arena, so I absolutely recommend this!
  • Alkaline Minerals: and finally, if there is one thing that buffers acids and alkalises the body quickly, like nothing else, it’s alkaline minerals and especially when they’re in bicarbonate form. That’s why I strongly recommend everyone uses pHour Salts.

If You Want To Get Alkaline: Here is What to Do Next…

If you’re ready to start getting alkaline and getting to (and way beyond) your big health goals then I recommend you start with my Alkaline Diet Starter Pack training.

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Maria January 27, 2015 at 3:11 am

You did not mention meat. It is exceedingly acid forming. A very hard food to digest. I have gone vegan, and yes have plenty of soya products with a thyroid condition diagnosed as Hashimotes I no longer need thyroxine. The soya bean has been misrepresented as harming thyroid. I read an article which I sadly have not access to at the moment. The plant based phytosteroids do no harm as long it is a good source not GMO source.
Interestingly I have replaced avacados for cheese on sandwiches and use a variety of plant based milks. My last blood test showed my thyroid has started functioning and the fibroids are no longer on my thyroid. Admittedly I have taken various supplements like serotonin, iodine and vitamin D for the shortage in the food supply.


Andrea January 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm

I agree w all of this except there is an error in one part. When it states that animal fats and saturated fats are bad for health it is simply untrue. I have done extensive research on this and it is now backed up by many mainstream and non mainstream nutrition scholars. Please do more research on this and add a supplemental article.


Frank January 22, 2015 at 10:19 pm

Cite your sources first :P

You can’t just refute someone’s statements by saying “I did some random research on the internet and it says that you are wrong and it’s backed up by blah-blah-blah” without showing us the actual data.

Of course, I will just counter everything by showing you the research of Dr. McDougall, Dr. Graham, Dr. Fuhrman, and plenty of other medical professionals who promote the avoidance of any animal products :)


Paul.k January 4, 2015 at 4:58 pm

quick comment regarding Sources of MSG. You list Glutamate as source of MSG but here is a quote directly from Mecola’s web site:

Q: Does glutamate/glutamic acid contain MSG?
A: There is no MSG associated with the glutamate/glutamic acid. Glutamate is glutamic acid which is part of every protein in your body and is a normal food.

Here is the link

So I guess Glutamate sold by Mercola is not as bad?


Paul.k January 4, 2015 at 4:57 pm

quick comment regarding Sources of MSG. You list Glutamate as source of MSG but here is a quote directly from Mecola’s web site:

Q: Does glutamate/glutamic acid contain MSG?
A: There is no MSG associated with the glutamate/glutamic acid. Glutamate is glutamic acid which is part of every protein in your body and is a normal food.

Here is the link

So I guess Glutamate sold by Mercola is not as bad? Please explain


`sharon October 18, 2014 at 5:52 pm

What about raw goats milk that is fermented? Wouldn’t the bacteria eat up the sugars in the milk?


Pete October 9, 2014 at 1:59 am

Personally, if I ever have even a little bit of ice cream I feel tired instantly and get a headache.
What a load of BS


jake October 8, 2014 at 1:51 pm

wow. sugar is the root of all acidity? do you even know chemistry?

I’ve heard some doctors talking about how ingestion of foods hardly affects blood ph in the blood stream. It seems unlikely eating would alter it so much. That would be kind of devastating, more so than we observe.


Kolleen November 11, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Jake I am no expert in the subject. I think I can explain the party line. The food we eat does not change the pH of our blood because the body will work to normalize the pH. Homeostatis is the term, I believe. It’s just the body working to balance things. So when your body is WORKING to do this, it is utilizing many minerals. Eventually you can become depleted of these minerals because of our bad eating habits OR other issues (absorption). Then what? Ideally if you eat foods that support the body then it won’t have to work so hard … I happened upon this website and started reading up cause I had a blood test and I came back on the acidic side of things. I don’t feel so hot so I will experiment and see what my blood tests and personal experience reveal.


deann July 21, 2014 at 4:24 pm

read this


Kathy June 1, 2014 at 3:44 am

Hi Ross, Love reading your stuff, and the recipes. I know you can’t reply on all the comments, but what about Kombucha? It definitely has yeast and sugar.


penny Smithson June 1, 2014 at 3:02 am

I have thyroid problems ( graves disease) can you tell me what is better for me soy milk or rice milk or are they also not good for you


albert May 31, 2014 at 1:50 am

the alkaline smoothie has not given me energy yet buy after just one day i am showing more alkaline in my body than ever!


albert May 31, 2014 at 1:44 am

it makes sense to me that everything God created for man to eat would have to have life or have living”cells”?, to communicate with a living body, so that everything consumed would be sent to its proper place, so basically if you put living foods(comes from the ground, eats what comes from the ground) in your body you live and if you put dead foods (gmos, hfcs, refined sugars, processed foods)you slowly die.


April May 30, 2014 at 4:50 pm

My 2 cents regarding milk. I have suffered with 2 autoimmune diseases for over 2 years. Agree with being alkaline but you can overdo it. After suffering for 2 years I decided to add raw milk to my diet. Best thing I ever did. Raw milk is very healing to the gut (which is where your immune system lives). Pastuerized/homogenized milk from concentration cows will make you sick. It is a dead food and has nothing to offer your body. Raw milk is packaged the way God intended. With fats and enzymes. Ask anyone who has drank milk consistently and they will not give it up because the proof is in their healthy body. That being said…you must have grass-fed/hormone and antibiotic-free raw milk straight from a clean farm. You can see if their milking station is clean by visiting them and seeing if their cows are clean. Drinking Raw Milk is the best thing that ever happened to me! No lie. If you feed a calf pasteurized milk they will die within a week because the milk is now DEAD. The issue of acidity doesn’t matter if it is healing and you are eating a rounded diet that includes clean protein and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Telling people to exclude milk from their diet is a disservice to all. Soy milk is detrimental to your health and other artificial milks contain carageenan are more harmful to people than raw milk. I should know. I drank almond milk from a health food store for years and this milk also lacks B12 which is essential to life.


penny Smithson June 1, 2014 at 3:08 am

So are you saying stay away from almond and soya milk


Amanda October 23, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Ross or Felicity,

Any advice for a hiatal hernia sufferer? The hernia causes reflux and so they put me on acid reducing drugs. I’m not too “keen” on that idea, any suggestions? Would an alkaline diet help in a case such as this where its more of a mechanical issue than dietary? I eat mainly a vegetarian diet with a couple of poultry-centered meals a week. No milk in my diet. Thank you!


Paul January 4, 2015 at 7:53 pm

Hi Amanda.

An alkaline diet would definitely help. I suffered from heartburn for 10 years taking various medication from my GP. My diet is much better now so I don’t need medication. If I ever do get heartburn I have a teaspoon of baking soda in 300ml of water & it goes pretty much instantly.


charlene September 30, 2013 at 6:54 am

hi ross
thanks so much for an easy reading web page…i have damaged teeth and dentists argue with me about sports drinks i am drinking a lollies i eat…which i do neither of…so they couldnt get why my teeth were being damaged by ‘acid’. i also realised (rather embarrasingly) that when i sweat (i am a very active person) that i stink of an acidic smell like cat pee!! gross. anyways….i started to investigate acidic foods and realise i eat a lot of them – love bread, for instance and yoghurt etc etc. not big on sugar but do like dark chocolate a lot. so here is my answer to get rid of or eliminate more acidic foods, hopefully help my teeth and my stench LOL!! thanks so much, this is easy quick reading for quick direction on what not to do and also what to do, thanks ross! kind regards charlene


Jackson kipkan August 23, 2013 at 6:41 am

Hi Ross my name is Jackson from Kenya.i have read your article and am now convinced that sugar is bad.Lately the doctors say I have an acidity problem so I would really appreciate it if I got more articles to read and practice so as to improve my health.


jonkautz July 23, 2013 at 9:42 am

Dear ross,

I think it very funny how you make it seem that milk is this highly acidic liquid that we ingest. Its nowhere nearly as acidic as you make it seem. Most milk has a ph level slightly below 7. Making it barely acidic and if not in some or most cases ph neutral. If you are in posession of some milk that is highly acidic, please do a litmus test and show us the milk and results as proof.


Energise Ross July 23, 2013 at 10:12 pm

A common misconception – it’s not the pH of the substance outside of the body that matters. It’s the affect it has once consumed – the effect on the body.



Elise Perez May 15, 2013 at 6:33 pm

This is great!! Yes, I know that sugar is bad just because of how it effects me. I have cut cane sugar out of my diet completely. But I am wondering about other sugars such as beet sugar, maple sugar, coconut sugar and agave. Especially coconut sugar is supposed to be very good for you. Please help me figure this out. I’m very health conscious and there is not much material on this subject.


Ross Bridgeford May 16, 2013 at 11:56 am

Hey Elise

All sugar is sugar, sadly. You should try to avoid all forms if possible.



Jia May 30, 2014 at 10:04 am

And starch is a sugar, so should we stop eating potatoes? How do you propose our body obtain the glucose it needs for healthy metabolic function?

FYI, starch is a complex carbohydrate with long chains of glucose, so is maltose, you should do some further research on carbohydrates before telling everyone that all carbohydrates are sugar.

They are not!


Kolleen November 11, 2014 at 3:48 pm

I understand what you are saying and I agree we need glucose. It’s the source of fuel for the brain. My only argument is that he hasn’t said anything where you replied about starches. Just sugar. Specifically simple sugars not complex carbs. The two are different and I think you are making a leap with your argument.


angelabean May 12, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Dairy is alkaline not acidic its used as an antacid. U can become too alkaline u need to test your ph to see. When i eat too many alkaline foods i have to take acid wirh meals ir drink tea to acidify gut. The gut needs to be acid to digest food . U can go too alkaline. Do not recommend taking baking soda with meals it stops u digesting.


Ross Bridgeford May 16, 2013 at 11:56 am

Hey Angela

Long time! Hope you’re going great.

Regarding your comment, I respectfully disagree. It’s not alkaline, it is acid forming. The lactose, hormones, chemicals, bacteria etc all contribute to it’s acidity.

It’s incredibly, incredibly difficult to be too alkaline to the point of it becoming a problem. Think of it this way, even people who are too acidic ALL DAY every day still live into their 70′s, 80′s and 90′s. If it were the case that you accidently became too alkaline your body would just regulate your pH in the same way as it does all day every day with acidity. It wouldn’t be a problem.

Being consistently over-alkaline in the same way as most of us are over acidic would be practically impossible.



Becky May 12, 2013 at 3:44 am

Where can I order your book about the diet? I’m much better with something I can carry around with me rather than look on the computer.Please let me know asap. Thank you, Becky


Ross Bridgeford May 12, 2013 at 7:10 am

Hi Becky

See here:



Roel May 10, 2013 at 6:46 am

Hi Ross, Youve mentioned Omega 3, but why this trigger my acid reflux. My assumption is that it lowers (alkalize) my stomach acid. As i understand ph level on our stomach should be very high.


Ross Bridgeford May 16, 2013 at 11:57 am

Hi Roel

The stomach produces HCl on demand, see here for more info:



nur May 9, 2013 at 7:12 pm

I consume milk like a bottle a day so is that bad ? omg what should I do


Ross Bridgeford May 16, 2013 at 11:58 am

I’d definitely be looking to cutting that down and then cutting it out.



Charles A. May 9, 2013 at 1:35 pm

I would ask a few questions but I c that there have not been any replys to the ones already made. Thanks for the post.


Ross Bridgeford May 16, 2013 at 11:58 am

Hi Charles

Yeah, been super busy right now. Am actually hiring someone to be my assistant right now, so will have more time for comments, content and videos :)



Joanna May 9, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Hi Ross,
thanx so much for your web site and recipe book!
Im on alkaline diet since January and lost 15kg ( base-70kg),
I have so much energy, I do not feel this strange “hunger” and unbalance need for sugar!I just feel great and look realy good! On other diets I have problems with my skin and hair- now my skin is perfect and hair are shiny – just love it!

I’ve stoped eating red meat, ( white meat and fish only once a week as extras in my salads), gluten and sugar ( only couple fav. fruits), drinking coffee and black tea.
I try to drink at least 3 l of water per day!

I do have issue with water- I was thinking about Reverse Osmosis- what is your opinion?

Still cant believe how much I achived during such a short time!


best regards from Poland, Joanna


Ross Bridgeford May 16, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Hi Joanna!

Awesome work – well done you!

I’m not a big fan of reverse osmosis. I explain why here:



Diana May 9, 2013 at 12:39 pm


Thanks for this great information. What about Xylitol as a sweetenerÉ


Ross Bridgeford May 16, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Hi Diana

Xylitol is better than the more chemical sweeteners like nutrasweet – but I still recommend keeping it to a minimum and transitioning away when possible.



Mich Nicolas May 9, 2013 at 11:54 am

Hi Ross!

Dairy is in the list of acidic foods. Which brings me to this question: Milk is advised for children. I have a five-year-old who drinks milk everyday. What to make of this then?

Thanks and God bless you!


Ross Bridgeford May 16, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Hey Mich

That has to come down to your own beliefs and preferences. I don’t believe dairy is good for anyone, kids, adults – anyone. I recommend checking out the info on regarding dairy. It offers a good, alternative but medically based opinion.



Meriel May 9, 2013 at 1:34 am

Hi Ross, thank you for the info, much appreciated, have you written an article on stevia? Thnx, have had some success on your diet, watched hungry for change and the food revolution and have found that what you offer seems to be more pertinent, food wise for me. Is there some where you post these questions above as some are interesting and I would like to see the answers….
Bye for now m


Ross Bridgeford May 16, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Hey Meriel

How are you?!

Stevia is probably the best of a bad bunch. I’d use it as a transitional tool, but do try to steer away from it in the end.

Hope all is well with you


Jenny May 8, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Hi Ross,
My friend has been diagnosed with bowel cancer, he had an operation a week ago. He will have chemotherapy later. What kind of alkaline food or recipes you have is good for him?


Deborah May 8, 2013 at 11:46 am

Hi Ross,

I eat Kale, broccoli, almonds every day and except for milk I do not eat any of the above acidic foods.
So I am basically alkaline.

What is your opinion on Reverse Osmosis systems and adding a FILTER which would alkalize the water. I wanted to get a system to minimize the flouride and chlorine that I digest, as I hear that’s bad for you too.


Chris May 8, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Go to a doctor right now! You indicate that you are “basically alkaline.” If you are too far from the 7.35-7.45 pH you may be suffering from alkalosis! If you are below this level, I would be concerned as well. You may be diabetic (ketoacidosis) or suffer from other issues.

If your acidity is truly a concern I would recommend adding baking soda to all of your food. If you want to reduce the acidity, this is the most effective way (or drink a teaspoon of draino…don’t do this).

You could also try intravenously injecting a sodium bicarbonate solution (baking soda). This treatment is often used in cases of severe acidosis. Not only will this neutralize your acidity, but it will contribute to your blood buffering system. By the henderson-hasselbalch equation, we see how such substances can minimize pH fluctuations. pH=pKa + log(base/acid). Because of the nature of the log term, big changes in concentrations of H+ will contribute to a slightly alkaline pH.

I would also caution you with some of Ross’s recommendations in this article. I am not entirely sure of his qualifications/degrees, but looking at these recommendations and on previous articles, he does a excellent job of misinterpreting results and making crazy interpretations on the results of the studies. Many of these articles are behind pay walls, and I doubt he took the time to read them.

In this article, he states that “is not good for you and doesn’t lead to stronger bones, it actually leads to weaker bones.” No where on that page and in the articles is there an indication that bones are weakened. In fact, the studies clearly indicate that some studies show benefits, while most have no relation. He is effin with you pretending like there is science in this whole acidity thing, while citing articles on healthy foods to deceive you. The shocking truth is that you likely do not have any issues with your acidity. If you did, you would know (passing out/seizures/metallic taste in mouth).

Disregard my recommendations I said in the first few paragraphs. If you are on a municipal water system, you water is tightly regulated and should be fine (if you are concerned..get it tested by your water company). If you use wells, there may be benefits with water filtration systems because of the lack of processing.


Michael May 16, 2013 at 12:17 pm



Fred May 8, 2013 at 3:34 am

I am new to this alkaline diet thing and I am really excited about all this great news and information! I only have basic chemistry knowledge (high school), so I am not sure about all of this acid/alkaline information.

Firstly, what feature of the foods define their acidity? If I recall correctly from HS and the different definitions of acidity, protons (H+ or H30+) are essentially the atom that contributes to the acidic nature of a substance.
Am I right in thinking this?

Secondly, if we are trying to neutralize acidic foods would it be alright to supplement with proton pump inhibitors (these are prescription, but i can get them from my friend) to reduce H+ stomach secretion. Maybe I can take some antacids or milk of magnesia. Would this provide any beneficial results? I am concerned because milk of magnesia relieves constipation (dont want any accidents, haha!).



Andrea May 8, 2013 at 12:59 am

Hi Ross,
I was then wondering about Kefir and the culturing of milk which has huge health benefits in the digestive system adding probiotic bacteria. Is this product, Kefir also acidic or has it been converted after the culturing process?
I enjoyed your article btw, thank you and I would like to know the 7 most alkalising foods to have daily
Regards, Andrea


Jenni May 7, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Hi Ross,
Can you get back to me about the Chanson machine. The Microscopist that I have signed up with says that spring water would be more beneficial than a Chanson in terms of the filtration system used. Forvarious reasons my Chanson has not been used, and i am considering returning it this week.

Kind regards



Sharon May 7, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Hi Ross, I was wondering if you mean by “all milks” does that include nut milks like almond, soy and coconut milks?


Pat May 7, 2013 at 6:56 pm

What is your opinion of frozen and fresh yogurt.


Shona Doyglas May 7, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Hi Ross, I am celiac and I do crave sweet things and chocolate . I do try to use brown sugar a little and never drink pop. Please advise on how to cut back on sugar intake . What is alkaline water? I drink Almond milk as I feel upset with dairy products. Is brown sugar the best product to use to sweeten food? Thanks


Justine May 7, 2013 at 4:40 pm

That milk and ice cream part broke my heart. T_T

I’m pretty much guilty of it.

Nevertheless, thanks for this very informative guide. :)


Debra May 7, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Ross, you say that potatoes are also acidic unless they are new potatoes. What is the difference?
Also, home made popcorn – a little bit of oil in the pan and then pop your own…..? Not microwave popcorn. Acidity levels?


Sari May 7, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Hi Ross,
Thank you for all the info you share with us. I have a question about omega 3 ‘s. can you please recommend a brand and type to buy. I always thought omega 3 is an acidic compound. I would appreciate your comments.
Thank you


Rita May 7, 2013 at 3:19 pm

What about soy milk?


Ginny May 7, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Hi Ross, I just wanted to say thank you for all of the hard work that you do putting this together. It’s totally worth it for me. :)

I know dairy is a no no but I do include some cheese in my diet. For instance I take chunks of eggplant baked in the oven with lots of coconut oil, top it off with some tomato sauce and some cheese and boy is that good. I know I probably should lay off the cheese though but I just love it. I’m Italian.

Oh yeah, what are the best alkaline minerals in your opinion?


Chris May 8, 2013 at 6:24 pm

spoonful of baking soda every morning. works wonders.


rosalinda piczon May 7, 2013 at 2:44 pm

very informative and truly inspiring.


Nancy Hart May 7, 2013 at 2:42 pm

If one has to use bottled water a lot, what are the best ones to buy that are the most alkaline. I have a good filtered water system at home but when traveling and out, I would like to know a good one to buy!
Nancy Hart


Shiloh May 7, 2013 at 2:10 pm

P’s. Animal milk is bad. Raw or otherwise. What decade are we living in people?


Shiloh May 7, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Hi Ross, I stay away from milk and diary, but wondering in regards to nut milks where they land. I love almond milk, I can make it fresh but sometimes the almonds are too expensive and I buy the bottle, unsweetened. It’s blue diamond, almond breeze. Thoughts? Thanks! Love and light. x


Alison January 4, 2015 at 8:36 am

Look at the ingredients in the Blue Diamon Almond Breeze, the so called calcium content is limestone – which you body cannot absorb. Always check the labels for ingredients – there are much better ones than this brand.


Nadèl May 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Hi Ross,

If even fructose (and I presume then raw honey as well) is bad, what sweetener does one use? I made the transition from sugar to fructose a few years back, since I’m allergic to honey, and heard it’s about the second best thing to raw honey.




Thomas J. Obazee May 7, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Thank you very much for your dedication to improving significantly the health of everyone through teaching mankind the good foods to eat and the bad ones to avoid. I have benefited tremendously from the good work you are doing and wish to encourage to continue on this path. God Bless


Kim May 7, 2013 at 1:38 pm

LOVED your article Ross! I just forwarded it to most of my list!
Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge!!
Kim ~


Jim May 7, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Could you please explain – The Cycle of Imbalance – diagram above: It says on the bottom of the diagram: “quickly turns healthy red blood cells into bacteria and yeast”? The acidic state may foster the growth of bacteria and yeast but red blood cells can’t be turned into bacteria or yeast!


Chris May 8, 2013 at 6:34 pm

its cause its bull. =).


Kaz May 7, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Great article Ross, many thanks.

Dick a cow’s milk is for her calf not humans. Reasearch the dairy industry, associated politics and animal abuse and you might change your mind about wanting to consume dairy. The fact that its acidic is only one reason not to consume it, albeit a good one.


Sarah May 7, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Hi when you say all dairy is sheep and goats yogurt I clouded in that?


Sarah May 7, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Hi when you say all dairy are sheep and goat milk included I that?


Ross Bridgeford May 7, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Hi Sarah

They’re better than cows, but both still are acid forming.



Samina May 11, 2013 at 7:38 am

I have asked the big man about this (Dr Robert Young) when I met him in 2009. He said goats milk is the closest in nature to human milk and if you want to have dairy, it’s the best since it is only weakly acid.
It has better chemistry and humans are more tolerant to it then any other dairy.

Goat’s like us only have one stomach as opposed to cows who need four stomachs to process their food and milk.

Goat’s milk is not mucus forming. It is great for healing from mucous conditions, sinus problems and eczema. Wean kids straight from breast milk onto goat’s milk. Breastfed babies will naturally take to it. Adults can slowly get used to it by mixing their regular milk in large quantities first. Then decreasing the amount of cows milk steadily over week or so.


Ross Bridgeford May 16, 2013 at 11:57 am

Hi Samina

Goats is certainly a big improvement on cows, but is still acidic.



Natalie May 7, 2013 at 1:14 pm

I know all that is true about pasteurized homogenized milk – but not for raw milk… which is a completely different food. Please clarify next time. ;)


Ross Bridgeford May 7, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Hi Natalie

It is my understanding that raw milk still contains lactose, and that alone would make it acid forming. Feel free to include raw milk as part of your diet – I always suggest following the approach 80/20 or 70/30.



Davida May 7, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Hello Ross.
What’s your take on fermented vegetables and Kombucha tea.
I make & consume both. The sugar used to ferment the Kombucha is totally processed by the tea & we all know that raw fermented vegetables are really good to help fight bad bacteria in the digestive system but there is always yeast present in both & I am curious to hear your opinion on both. Kombucha was & still is a very popular drink in some villages of the Ukraine & China & many have attributed their good health & longevity to their drinking it. Thank you in advance. Davida


dick J May 7, 2013 at 12:38 pm



Ross Bridgeford May 7, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Hi Dick

Yes, this is all milk, including unpasteurised and raw. Unfortunately, even though these less spoiled milks are much improved on the commercial pasteurised milk that makes it to our store shelves, dairy is still acidic.



Natalie May 7, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Can you site studies for your opinion, regarding raw milk?


Felicity August 22, 2013 at 7:07 am

Ross I am drinking Hemp milk when I have great..

Soya milk caused problems with thyroid.

Rice milk is nice but they add sugar. Please send any info for readers.


lynn May 8, 2013 at 1:31 pm

I have been told by more than one doctor and nutritionist that dairy products are ALKALINE not acidic. I agree that milk is not as good for us as we were lead to believe and it does create mucous in those sensitive to it but I stopped reading when I hit, in my opinion, your inaccurate info…


Angie April 26, 2014 at 2:58 pm

It’s after you digest it that it becomes acidic…


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