Alkaline Diet Shopping List

Alkaline Diet Shopping List

Many of us will not have considered the acid or alkaline contents of the food we eat but advocates of the alkaline diet say that we should be cutting down on acidic foods with high protein and phosphorus levels and focusing on alkaline-producing produce instead to ensure that our bodies maintain their ideal pH levels.

Fans claims that this diet can aid digestion, help with weight loss, slow down the signs of ageing and also fight chronic illness and even cancer. With all these proposed benefits, this is clearly an interesting approach for many dieters looking for an alternative solution. So, how do you create an alkaline diet shopping list that obeys the rules and keeps you healthy?

There are different approaches to shopping for the alkaline diet – some are strict and verging on the vegetarian and others are a little more lenient.

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The Strict Approach

There are many foods on the alkaline scale that dieters can choose from, mostly in the range of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes, and keen supporters have found plenty of ways to transform their diet.

There are some people that are strongly in favorr of the alkaline diet that champion all alkaline foods and their potential health benefits and suggest that all acid-producing foods are to be avoided.

It is obvious why some of these have been chosen, fizzy drinks, shellfish, caffeine and alcohol are always the first elements to be kicked out in a healthy-eating diet, but some users are also against the consumption of pasta, meat, fish and dairy because they believe that these strongly acid-producing aspects are detrimental to health.


The Lenient Approach

(The acknowledgement of grey areas and the familiarity of the Mediterranean Diet)

Unfortunately, the alkaline diet is not the easiest of diets to adopt because foods are not clearly labelled as acid or alkaline, some that are acidic in taste – like the lemon – are actually highly celebrated on the alkaline scale because of the way they are broken down and there are others that appear to be somewhere in the middle.

Dieters are encouraged to avoid phosphorus and embrace calcium but many cheeses are high in both so this leaves many dieters confused about what to buy.

There are clearly benefits to controlling acid and alkaline intakes if the diet can improve health, well-being and anti-ageing but there are also disadvantages to completely ruling out some of the acid food groups so leniency and an open mind to produce is crucial.

The Lenient Approach

Critics are quick to jump upon claims that the acidic group is dangerous for bone health because it includes dairy products full of calcium and there are concerns that alkaline sources are not enough. Negative connotations around fish are also a bad idea because they are rich in omega oils and provide such a lean form of protein with other advantages for long life and cognitive health.

What is interesting is that while experts and critics debate the worth of this alkaline diet, there is another currently being heralded as a breakthrough for prosperity and Alzheimer’s that is not too dissimilar in its approach.

The Mediterranean diet focuses on the right amounts of oils, nuts, fruits and vegetables, an emphasis on lean fish rather than red meats and a little bit of dairy. This is what has enabled Mediterranean residents to live longer, look younger and fight illness – all of which are linked to the Alkaline diet – and the ratio of acid to alkaline produce is in favor of the latter.


Finding The Right Ratio – 80:20 or 70:30?

There are lots of different guides out there from lots of different advocates of the alkaline diet that have their own viewpoints on precisely how you should go about filling your shopping basket for an alkaline diet and which foods you should avoid.

While you have some that seem to suggest that acidic foods like meat, diary and some caffeinated drinks are completely bad for you – and the likes of self-proclaimed guru Gwyneth Paltrow putting her questionable 2 cents into the debate – many on the diet advocate a ratio of alkaline to acid produce to find the healthiest, most advantageous balance between the two.

Gwyneth Paltrow

For some this equates to 80% alkaline and 20% acid but again there is some lenience and some broaden this to a 70:30 ratio. Because of the confusion and the potential disadvantages on being too strict on acidic, calcium-rich food and proteins, we suggest a 70:30 approach where you be balanced in favour of more alkaline foods without putting yourself in danger.

The question now is which of these alkaline-producing foods do you add to your shopping list and how do you find that balance with acid-producing foods?

What to buy for that beneficial 70 percent:

  • Nut and seeds
  • Buckwheat
  • Ginger and other roots
  • Cabbage and other green vegetables
  • Tomatoes, lemon juice and other citrus fruits

This is just part of a much larger list so we advise that you take a closer look at the wide choices in alkaline foods that are available and see what takes you fancy. The variety means that it should not be too difficult to find accessible, affordable alkaline-producing items that you want to cook with.

What to buy for that leftover 30 percent:

  • Fish
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese

You will need natural, healthy sources of proteins and dairy for those much needed nutrients and minerals, like bone-friendly calcium, that you may not be getting elsewhere. Red meat and poultry can be enjoyed in these small amounts but, as is seen in the Mediterranean diet, the lean protein and oils of fish are the ideal way to go.

Creating the ideal alkaline diet can seem tricky but there is room to experiment.

It is all about understanding acid and alkaline levels in produce and finding the most advantageous way of delivering all the right nutrients from both sides, while strongly leaning towards those alkaline-producing foods that can protect your pH levels. Take a look at the different produce that you can choose from, think about that 70:30 ration and enjoy planning an alkaline diet shopping list that works for you.

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30 thoughts on “Alkaline Diet Shopping List

  1. Hi Chris, thanks for this informative post on alkaline diet.

    Although I heard of citric acid in oranges or lemons.This is the first time I get to know that foods that we eat are classified as alkaline or acidic.

    It is obvious that alkaline foods have all the benefits for the body and acidic foods we have to avoid or reduce after reading your article.

  2. Thank you for an interesting article. I have heard of the alkaline diet before. You mention in your article that it is recommended to avoid phosphorus and avoid calcium. This intrigues me because from what I understand these two minerals work together. Great read! 🙂

    Thank you

  3. Hello, you picked famous diet theme. One thing what I know and it is 100% true, that people need to lower their calories. It means that they need to eat less, to get from table hungry. Alkaline diet is good because cells as cancers, can not exist in environment, where pH is over 7. Victoria Beckham tweeted about alkaline diet cookbook, increasing curiosity of fans. I heard that there are some nutrient deficiencies when people use this diet. Essential fatty acids and phytonutrients are in food, which is forbidden, when somebody uses alkaline diet. Of course, there so many cons and pros from different sources. You here deliver clear message that alkaline diet can help people to lose weight. I wish that visitors would get information from your website as much as possible and they would be happy with results.
    All the best, happy writing, Nemira.

    1. Thanks NemiraB!
      Great to hear that celebrities like Victoria Beckham are getting on-board with this type of diet, glad you enjoyed what you read here 🙂

  4. Thank you for this sharing your knowledge on the subject diet/ healthy foods. I literally started taking a short Healthy Cooking course this morning then happened to come across your website. Its very informative and encouraging especially as I have also just started JUICING!!

    Website also looks amazing.

    Thanks again.

    1. Great to hear Katerina – good luck with that juicing ( there are a few recipes on this site if you are looking for inspiration! ) 🙂

  5. What an informative guide. May I know how can we tell that whether a particular food is alkaline or acidic. Is there a ph for measurement? I can see that most of the alkaline food is from vegetable and fruit. Definitely will give the alkaline diet a try. Thanks for the post.

  6. Interesting website, I didn’t know that foods we eat are classified as alkaline or acidic!
    Lots of interesting articles and opinions, I think that once people find out about this you will get more and more traffic to you website.
    As I say it is the first time that I had heard of the tow classifications of food. Is there any way you can promote this?
    I am sure that if you do this more and more people will become interested

    1. Hi Wayne,
      Sorry, a little bit confused about your question ( it’s been a long day! ). What exactly do you mean by promote? We don’t really promote the website that much – we rely on the good content we have here to draw in organic traffic from the search engines ( which it does on a daily basis thankfully! )

  7. Hi Chris, I keep on running into your site, I am loving the information you are giving, it’s funny because all this time I have thought I was eating the wrong foods, but as it turns out going what you are saying that tomatoes, lemons and other citrus fruits are alkaline based? I hope so because I have always loved my tomatoes and lemons. Also when you say dairy, we have cut down quite a bit on this but have replaced it with feta cheese, would that be okay? My partner is doing a bit of a cleanse at the moment too to help loose weight, I was just wondering because we have it almost every night, LOL

    1. Hi There!
      Well a lot of people use feta for a healthy eating plan but in moderation. You have to understand that feta cheese can be high in saturated fat and sodium so always check the brand you are consuming! 🙂

  8. Impressive article! I loved the fact that you broke down the ratio and also mentioned the food groups which could be a part of that particular ratio.
    This clearly reflects how we need to change our views about having a ‘healthy weight.’ Its not just about being skinny, but being healthy in general.

  9. Thank you for your post relating to the Alkaline Diet.

    It is a subject which I find extremely interesting and sometimes a little confusing too. It’s good though that you actually listed the ratios and food groups falling into each ratio. It’s obvious that I have a lot more reading and learning to do. I will continue to follow your blog and look forward to your future posts.
    Thank you

    1. Hey Victoria, thanks for the follow – don’t forget to share any of our content you find useful ( shameless plug I know! ) 🙂

  10. Wow, I love this website that you have created. It is an easy read, their is so much info and is real easy to navigate to other pages. I like the photos and recipe ideas that go with and now I am feeling hungry :-). Great work, I feel inspired!

  11. What an informative post. Alkaline-based diets is not one that is heavily talked about, but one that I do think that consumers need to be aware nonetheless. It will be interesting to see how this topic increases in discussion among more common mainstreams in the next few years!

    With the groups/ categories of foods mentioned in your post I’m sure that there may be some exceptions within each of these categories to foods that are not alkaline. Are all the foods in the categories acceptable for an alkaline based diet or are there are some foods within that should still be avoided?

    1. Hi there Sal,

      I’m afraid I don’t fully understand the question you are asking there – did you read the article in it’s entirety? What we’ve listed above is pretty much set in stone!

  12. Hello there Chris , my wife was advised by her doctor to follow this kind of diet and she asked me to take a look online to find more information.

    You have clearly defined all the important aspects I was looking for and you further mention that it is very hard to follow this diet.

    I wonder how my wife will make it with this strict list , she is not used to it.And she does not like fish very much.But she can go with red meat and less quantity I guess.

    I will point her to take a look for herself.Thanks for putting it together.

  13. Thanks for this information. Have been told before that I was too acidic hence Ive been getting sick. Tried to detox, and yeah, was told that it would be helpful to eat more alkaline producing food like what you mentioned here. Glad there’s really more awareness now on eating right and nutrition.

  14. Hey Chris, great and very informative article, thank you for writing it! What is the alkaline diet good for? I heard its great for detoxing and cleansing, but I was wondering if it’s good as an everyday diet? Does it include enough protein and minerals to eat the food from that list every day without feeling week? Thank you!

  15. Following an alkaline diet is not one I have heard of before. It’s an interesting concept, though as you say, difficult to follow. I guess your recommendation oes into real detail about what foods are in this category?

    Quite often I see the Mediterranean diet heralded as the best all round diet in comparison to others. Do you have any more information on this?

    1. Yes we have a couple of articles on the Mediterranean diet Ruth – use the search bar at the top of the site to navigate to them! 🙂

  16. I am glad I came across your article. Not too many people realise that we need to balance our system, being more alkaline than acidic. If we all did this there would be less sickness in the world. I love that you gave a list of alkaline foods so that we know what to buy when we shop.

    I love to start my day with a glass of water with lemon juice in it. This gives me an alkaline boost for the day.

  17. The Calorie Ninja! If that isn’t one of the best names I have heard for a website I am not sure what is! This is a timely reminder for me. My diet is full of acid. I went alkaline briefly after attending a Tony Robbins seminar and I should shop for more of those foods. Thanks for the wake-up call.

  18. I have never heard of alkaline diet, and now i know exactly what i have to buy to do it.
    How much fat do you thnk this can help me to lose in a month. I would like to lose weight until summer comes and i want to know when to start dieting.
    thanks, Adam

    1. Maybe you should read the article again Adam and think more about your health as a whole rather than this diet effecting your weight. When you get halfway through it – you’ll see what I mean! 🙂

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