Alkaline Diet Food: Get the Facts

The secret to the alkaline diet is to eat more wholesome alkalizing foods. Fortunately, alkaline diet food doesn’t have to be dull. In reality, alkaline-forming whole foods come in a range of textures, flavors, and colors, adding a pleasant variety to your meals.

1. Choose Fresh Fruit When You’re on the Go

When you’re always on the go, it’s tempting to grab a snack bar and a soft drink from a convenience store. But these types of convenience food are acid-forming, fattening, and just plain bad for you. Alkaline-producing fruits are a healthy alternative. An apple, an apricot, or a bunch of grapes is convenient enough to eat after a jog or on your break at work.

2. Use Meat as a Condiment, Not as the Main Course

Many people have steak, roast beef, or fried chicken as the main course. Sometimes the only “vegetable” present is a sprig of parsley. For a healthier and more alkalizing meal, have a vegetable-rich salad, stir-fry, or soup, with a few ounces of lean meat, beans, tempeh, or pumpkin seeds to provide protein.

3. Eat More Vegetables

Whether you eat them steamed, stir-fried, or raw, vegetables are the single most important food group for weight loss and optimal pH balance. Lots of people hardly ever think beyond lettuce and tomatoes, but they’re losing out on many health benefits. For instance, yellow, orange, and red vegetables can make sure that you get enough beta-carotine. Meanwhile, dark leafy green vegetables like chard, collard greens, and spinach are often a great source of vitamin K.

4. Avoid High-Calorie Dips

For a healthy snack, cut raw vegetables into strips and smear them with a bit of hummus, bean dip, salad dressing, or salsa. But avoid fattening (and acid-forming) cream- and cheese-based dips, such as onion dip.

5. Go Easy on the Alcoholic Beverages

Nearly all alcoholic beverages make your body more acidic. Even moderate alcohol consumption can have other negative effects on your health, as well. For instance, studies show that alcohol raises the risk of esophageal and laryngeal cancer, and may raise the risk of breast cancer by up to 60 percent.

Beth Shimanovsky answers questions about health for the Alkaline Diet Blog. Check it out now to learn more about alkaline diet food.

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