What are food which contain acids?  

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akasha124 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

On the Ph scale, foods are considered either alkaline, acidic, or neutral.  The ideal split between alkaline producing food and acidic food is 60/40.  Too much acid can produce health and digestion problems.  Sometimes, processing food can change the food's natural Ph level.

Examples of food that have a high level of acid are: Beef, Pork, Veal, Shellfish, Canned Tuna, Sardines, pickled vegetables, Tea (black), Coffee, Beer, Liquor, Artificial Sweeteners, Peanuts, and Walnuts.

giorgiana1976 | Student


all canned, jam, jams, candied fruits, glazed, dried fruit preserved with sulphidefresh fruit consumed sugargreen bananas, green olives, plums.


pepper,Asparagus, rhubarb, all types of beans and lentils except germinated.


pastries, white bread or graham bread, starch, dough, popcorn, corn, pasta, semolina, rice (white, brown, basmati)oatmeal, rice, barley, rye, corn flakes.


Parmesan cheese, fermented cheese, cheese, cottageice cream, sweetened yogurt or yogurt with fruitboiled milk, milk powder, fermented cream.


Very acidic foods: foods containing cooked tomatoes, broth or tomato paste, soups in which the meat has boiled, soups with added vegetable, cooked spinach, canned.


sweets, cakes, biscuits, wafers, chocolate, synthetic sweeteners (saccharin, aspartame, sorbitol), artificial honey or processed with sugar, fructose, lactose.


sausage, all meats of mammals, birds, fish, gelatin, fat, caviar, chicken eggs.


all alcoholic beverages, soft synthetic, cola, coffee, cocoa, soda.


pickles made with vinegar, Mayonnaises, refined salt, sauces, ketchup, tomato paste, mustard (paste), curry,synthetic food additives: flavoring, coloring, glutamate, preservatives as: benzoate, vinegar, salt, smoke.


refined sunflower oil or olive, fruit seed oil and baked or fried,nuts, pistachios.

CUSTOMS producing ACID

smoking, flavoring and synthetic perfumes,insufficient sleep, synthetic drugs overuse, grief, anger, stress, anger, rebellion.

mkcapen1 | Student

There are two main types of foods; Acidic and Alkaline.  The end product of the breakdown of consumed acidic foods is acid.  Acidic foods are necessary to help maintain a healthy digestive system.  However, too much acid in the body can result in a magnesium deficiency.  The recommended intake of acidic foods in a human is 20% acidic and 80% alkaline.   For a food to be considered it must fall below 7.0 on the Ph scale.  A typical American diet produces higher levels of acid than those consumed by nation’s whose population ingest more vegetables in their raw state. 


Acidic food examples include corn, lentils, squash, olives, beans, meat, fish and fowl, cranberries, prunes, apples, oranges, lemons, and limes.

versatilekamini | Student

Foods are classified as acid forming or alkaline depending on the effect they have on the body.An acid forming food contributes hydrogen ions to the body,making it more acidic.Common acid forming foods include processed junk foods and those that are high in animal protein.

Acid forming foods include: beef,bread,butter,cashew nuts,chicken,cheese,chocolate,eggs,fish,meats,honey,pork,

oats,pasta,peas,peanuts,whine,wheat,sugar,walnuts cream,crab,lobster,rice,beans etc.