The alkaline diet is focused around eating alkaline foods and avoiding acid foods. So wouldn’t it make sense to know what the most alkaline food is? Of course, there are many contenders, but if you make sure you eat a lot of the most alkaline food then you will rapidly start to experience the wonderful benefits of the alkaline diet.
How we know that foods are alkaline?
There are two ways to determine whether a food is acid or alkaline. A right way and a wrong way! The reason I say this is because one method tests the alkalinity or acidity of the food before it is eaten whereas the other measures whether the food is acid-forming or alkaline-forming in the body and I am much more interested in the latter.
This is why you see the differences in the acid/alkaline food charts. To quote a previous blog post, here is my explanation:
Some charts determine acidity or alkalinity on the food before it is consumed & others (like mine) are more interested in the effect the food has on the body after it has been consumed.
Personally, I have no interest in what a food is before I’ve eaten it – I want to know whether it will alkalise or acidify my body. Make sense?
Some stand out examples include fruit, as you mentioned, such as banana – but another great example is the low sugar fruits such as tomato and lemon. These are listed under the PRAL charts as acidic, and in their natural state they are – but they are very, very alkalising once consumed and are a really integral part of the alkaline diet – featuring in hundreds and hundreds of recipes.
I hate to think of the amount of people there are out there who are eating a heap of high sugar fruits every day and are not getting any tomato, avocado, lemons, limes etc.
Some people I have spoken to even eat ONLY fruit for half of the day. They are literally living the acid diet!
So, What is the Most Alkaline Food
There are many contenders! Here is a run down of my favourites:
Spinach is a great addition to your diet. It ticks all of the boxes: dark green; leafy; full of chlorophyll and absolutely packed with nutrients including vitamin k; vitamin a; vitamin c; vitamins b1 b2, b3 & b6; vitamin e and contains the following highly alkaline minerals:
Plus, for those who are worried that living alkaline will not provide enough protein & calcium – one serve of spinach provides 11% RDI of protein and 25% RDI of calcium. Lovely stuff.
I also like that spinach can be easily used in juices, smoothies, salads, wraps and can also be steamed lightly to let you eat a massive serve really easily. Seriously, try it – steam 3 serves of spinach down, season and you can easily eat it in one meal.
Cucumber is a very big part of my life! At any given time I’ll have up to 12 cucumbers in my fridge! Brilliant in juices and smoothies they also provide a base for most of my alkaline soups and I love them in salads too. Belonging to the same family as watermelon, zucchini, pumpkin, and other types of squash – they’re water-rich and nutrient dense.
Containing solid levels of vitamin c; vitamin a; potassium; manganese; folate and magnesium they are not as nutrient dense as spinach, but do contain way more water, which has it’s obvious benefits.
Fantastic for the skin, cucumbers are highly alkaline and so important to the alkaline diet. Even if you find the concept of drinking a green vegetable juice too much at this stage, throw a cucumber in with your other juice – you’ll barely notice the taste but you’ll definitely notice the nutrition!
BROCCOLI! What a star. Containing masses of vitamin c; vitamin k; vitamin a; folate; fibre; manganese; potassium; magnesium; iron and protein – broccoli really packs a nutritional punch. Touted for it’s amazing health benefits, broccoli HAS to be a part of your diet. It’s just too good.
Steamed, raw (in salads) or lightly steam fried, it is a fantastic food. Plus, when it is steamed the fibre in the brocolli binds and is a really effective digestive tract cleanser!
While I am not making this claim directly myself, heaps of recent research has linked broccoli to being very effective against many types of cancer and other degenerative disease.
Here are just a few reports from the dear old BBC:
A wildcard in this list that was originally going to just be the three above, Kale is included because of it’s excellent antioxidant properties, as well as it’s alkaline nutritional profile that includes masses of vitamin K, vitamin A and vitamin C, as well as the important minerals manganese, calcium and iron.
A lot less commonly seen than the other foods on this list, kale is a great addition to your diet. I like to juice it and include it in my legendary dinner “The Vegetable Mountain” (quite simply a mountain of steamed vegetables) as well as finely sliced in steam/stir frys and with my Alkaline Cooked Breakfast.
A word of warning: do try to find organic kale if you can as pesticides are commonly found on kale that is sold in supermarkets. If you have an ionizer, wash the kale in strong alkaline water as this alkaline water removes pesticides very effectively.
So Which Food is the Winner: The Most Alkaline Food
Based upon all factors including nutrient content and ease of use – I would have to go with spinach – spinach is the most alkaline food.
It is SO full of nutrients, highly alkaline minerals and you can use it in so many recipes it means you can get so much of it into your diet – absolutely fantastic!
So eat up and follow popeye’s advice!