The Acid Alkaline Foods database below describes the food’s effect INSIDE the body!
Why are all Acid Alkaline Food Databases so different?
There is disagreement regarding some foods, especially some fruits, regarding their acidity/alkalinity. Many databases show the pH rating of the food as it sits on the counter, without actual regard to what it produces in the body. Our Acid Alkaline Food Database shows how the foods responds inside the body, without regard to its existing pH level. For example, pineapple is moderately acid-forming in the body, it’s been tested as such…and here’s why. Pineapple, along with many of the tropical fruits, contain a high level of fruit sugar or fructose. Sugars are acid-forming in the body. The reason you’ll note on non-researched websites (there are hundreds!), that pineapple and most other fruits are alkaline, is due to their citric acid content. Remember the lemon, very high in citric acid…yet alkaline-forming in the body. What does the lemon have on the pineapple? It’s what it doesn’t have that makes all the difference: SUGAR! An average large lemon has only 2 grams of sugar, or fructose, in the entire fruit. A pineapple serving of just one cup has 14 grams of sugar, and has a higher glycemic index value also. On the scale of 0-100, pineapple-is a 66, whereas lemon is so low it’s not rated. In fact, it reduces the glycemic load when added to a meal! That being said, we consider pineapple to be a “wise acid” in that there are amazing nutrients in pineapple that make it a smart choice. Just be sure that you account for the intake as part of your ratio of acid-to-alkaline foods. I always state that we should at the very least consider the 50/50 ratio as a baseline…up to 80/20 alkaline-to-acid ratio for optimal disease fighting and preventative benefits. We need healthy acidic foods, just not in the ratios that an average American eats!