Acid- and Alkaline-Forming Foods

That fact that a food or food product is acidic or alkaline in and of itself doesn't mean it creates acid or alkalinity in the body. It depends on how it is chemically metabolized in the body. The lists below illustrate which common foods are acid-forming and which are alkaline-forming.

Acid Forming Foods   Alkalizing Foods
All meat (beef, pork, lamb, chicken) and fish
Rice (white, brown, or basmati)
Cornmeal, oats, rye, spelt, wheat, bran
Breads and most other grain products like cereals (hot or cold), crackers, pastries
The following beans (unless sprouted in which case they become alkaline-producing): pinto, navy, mung, lentils, black, garbanzo, red, white, adzuki, and broad
Cheese (parmesan is the worst, followed by other sharper cheeses)
Sunflower and pumpkin seeds
Wheat germ
The following nuts: walnuts, pecans, cashews, dried coconut, (fresh coconut is alkaline producing), pistachios, macadamias, filberts, Brazil nuts and peanuts.
Colas and carbonated drinks
Alcoholic drinks
Coffee and other caffeinated drinks
Sweetened yogurt
Most forms of sweeteners (artificial sweeteners, cane sugar, beet sugar, barley syrup, processed honey, maple syrup, molasses, fructose, lactose)
Refine table salt
Soy sauce
Mustard (dried powder and processed)
Ketchup (unless natural and homemade)
Mayonnaise (unless natural and homemade)
White vinegar (apple cider and sweet brown rice vinegar are less acid-producing and preferred)
Practically all drugs
Almost all vegetables (except peppers, beets)
Practically all fruits with the exception of blueberries, plums, prunes, and cranberries. Even citrus fruits such as lemons, which we think of as being acidic, are alkaline-producing in the body. They are rich in organic salts, like citrates, which are being converted into bicarbonates.
Beans such as string, soy, lima, green and snap
Arrowroot flour
Grains such as flax, millet, quinoa, and amaranth
Nuts like almonds, pignoli, fresh coconut and chestnuts
Sprouted seeds of alfalfa, radish and chia
Unsprouted sesame
Fresh unsalted butter
Goat's milk
Plain yogurt
Sweeteners like raw, unpasterized honey, dried sugar cane juice (Sucanat), brown rice syrup
Fruit juices
All vegetable juices
Most herbal teas
Cayenne Pepper
Most herbs
Most vegetable and unprocessed sea salt
Most spices
Vanilla extract
Brewer's yeast
Most unprocessed, cold-pressed oils are neutral or alkaline-forming