If you’ve taken even a mild interest in health and diet in recent times, you’ll know that food is either acidic or alkaline. If a diet is too rich in acidic foods, it can cause problems, such as inflammation.
See, all of us have a pH level that plays a key role in how healthy we feel. A neutral pH level of 7 is standard. If it’s less than 7, it’s considered to be acidic. This means we’re probably going to feel pretty lousy and might be complaining of indigestion and other stuck issues.
On the other hand, a more alkaline pH of 7.4 is good.
To make sure our pH level leans towards the alkaline side of things, we have to eat less acidic foods. In this article, Beauty and Tips gives you a rundown of the best non-acidic fruits and vegetables that should be playing a key role in your diet.
But first, here’s a list of foods that are highly acidic:
Processed foods in general
Certain dairy products
If you feel as though a high acidic diet is contributing to you feeling less-than awesome recently, you might want to put yourself on a much more alkaline diet. When the human body is too acidic and a person doesn’t change their diet, it can create the breeding ground for the onset of disease, including some pretty serious diseases, such as cancer.
In the meantime, a person will feel exhausted and low on energy, they might experience brain fog and anxiety, and their skin might breakout in acne.
Moreover, they might find that they’re constantly susceptible to the common cold. Anyone who is serious about their health should be looking to create a much more alkaline environment because it’s in an alkaline environment that our body thrives. So let’s take a look at the list.
Best non-acidic fruits and vegetables, including their benefits:
Spinach was one of those vegetables that our mom tried to make us eat when we were kids, bless her. Of course, we weren’t having any of it. Spinach? Eew. Pass the fries, mom!
Now in adulthood, most of us should have realised that spinach is very good for us, and moreover it doesn’t taste bad at all!
In fact, spinach goes especially well with fish and eggs, and because it’s stuffed with iron, it’s essential for giving you a boost in energy.
Spinach is rich in calcium too, and it’s also highly alkalising. In fact, you’ll find it in plenty of pre-made juices because spinach is well-known to be anti-cancer.
Our tip? Eat as much spinach as you can.
The thing with kale is that it’s a lot like spinach. You could have spinach one day and kale the next!
Although the two vegetables have lots of similarities – they’re both dark leafy greens, they’re both rich in calcium and iron – kale is more nutrient dense and has a different, crunchier texture.
Kale has been nicknamed the “queen of green” by some nutritionists and has even been described as “the new beef.” This is because, as well as being stunningly nutritious, it’s also very satisfying and can help you gain muscle.
Because it’s also hugely alkalising, it makes it on this list as one of the best non-acidic vegetables you can eat.
There are many way to enjoy it, but our favourite is thing to do is add kale to a bean and tomato soup. Delicious.
We saw a funny thing the other day – someone referred to bananas as “potassium sticks.”
Well, it’s true that everyone knows bananas are rich in potassium, but that’s not all they’ve got: Bananas contain lots of fibre too, and this makes them an awesome addition to your diet if your digestive system has been causing you a few problems lately.
True, bananas do contain lots of sugar too, but they’re still a far healthier, non-acidic alternative to the processed junk that so many of us eat instead.
Bananas also combat one of the most glaring symptoms of a highly acidic diet – low energy. They also protect your heart from disease, and contain vitamins and minerals including iron, folate, calcium, manganese, niacin and magnesium.
Ah the sweetest, orangest of all the potatoes!
The super cool sweet potato is a high starch food, but it’s also a non-acidic vegetable that arms your body with lots of powerful minerals and vitamins.
Sweet potatoes are rich in fibre, and this is important if you’re struggling with high blood sugar levels. Fibre better regulates blood sugar by releasing sugar ever so slowly into your bloodstream.
As a result, instead of giving you instant energy that’s followed by a sudden, horrible crash, sweet potatoes give you a longer bout of fuel that can keep you going for a few hours.
And, yes, this means that you can indulge in sweet potato fries (although not too much!).
Other than that, you could try sweet potato waffles for breakfast, although as a complex carb the sweet potato is much more effective at night time if you’re trying to lose weight.
Pears have kind of a dumpy shape that’s either unattractive or attractive. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right? But when does a girl like it when someone describes her as “having the shape of a pear”? Hmm!
Anyway, back on topic: Pears. Awesome, right? Absolutely.
Pears are refreshing, tasty and full of texture.
They’re also rich in nutrients.
For one thing, pears are fibre-busters, containing more fibre than most other fruits or vegetables. This means they help you to feel fuller for longer – which is great for weight loss – and they help your body to better regulate your blood sugar levels.
Pears contain lots of vitamin C too, which help your body clean up the mess left behind by free radicals that are intent on doing as much damage as possible.
And because they’re non-acidic, pears lower inflammation and look after your heart, preventing disease.
Asparagus is a funny one because – don’t get us wrong, it’s an amazingly healthy vegetable that you should eat more of – it makes your urine smell kind funky.
There, we said it!
The reason for this is that it contains a specific compound that affects some people more than others.
HOWEVER, back to the non-acidic bit.
If you can stand the weird thing it does to your urine, asparagus is well worth adding to your diet because it’s got lots of great health benefits. For one thing, it’s rich in vitamin K, which means that it helps your blood to clot faster.
Asparagus is also a rich in antioxidants, and it’s anti-inflammatory, too. It replenishes your digestive tract as well, and can also help you have a very healthy pregnancy, yay!
There are many ways you can cook asparagus, and many types of dishes you can add it to. Asparagus can be boiled, steamed, stir-fried or even blended. As well as complementing a meat and potatoes dish, it can also be added to risottos, pastas – and it even makes for an interesting pizza topping of choice!
Health experts, dieticians and nutritionists around the world agree that we should try to eat garlic every single day.
That’s kind of a tall order for many of us. Firstly, how do you fit garlic into your diet every day?
And secondly, garlic kinda makes your breath smell.
However, there’s no denying that this is one amazingly beneficial non-acidic food that many of us could do with eating more of. It’s very nutrient dense and contains the likes of manganese, fibre, selenium, vitamin C and vitamin B6. Despite all these nutrients, it’s very low in calories.
Garlic protect your immune system, too, combating sickness and warding off the (all too) common cold. It reduces blood pressure and can lower the risk of heart disease.
Is watermelon mostly water? It is indeed around 93% water!
This means it’s an awesome base for juices and smoothies. It contains barely any calories, but here’s the crucial bit – it’s high in pH and is therefore a fantastic way to sweeten your dishes without resorting to sugar, eew.
Try some on your cereals tomorrow. We promise it will be ace.
Apples are absolutely stuffed with fibre, which makes them the go-to fruit if you want to stay filled up and satisfied for as long as possible.
They’re versatile too, and can be chomped on raw as they add. Alternatively, you can add them to salads, smoothies, bake them into a pie (apple pie isn’t just for Americans), or even add them to soups.
Loosen up and experiment with apples because these are sweet fruits that are non-acidic and very good for you.
(let’s ignore the fact that an apple almost killed snow white)
We know, we know: Everyone is eating avocados nowadays, and it’s getting pretty cliched to talk about it. Even grandma eats it, while mom has avocado socks! But no list of non-acidic fruit and veg would be complete without it.
Avocado is one of those rare fruits that can actually make you feel stuffed. This is because it contains dietary fibre, as well as lots of fats – the good type of fats, of course.
Avocado is also incredibly nutritious and contains vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B6, B6 and vitamin E. Wow.
In fact, avocados contain more potassium than even bananas!
Like avocados, grapefruit contains lots of fibre. Crucially, they contain few calories and are ideal if you’re looking to shed some pounds.
They’re also rich in plenty of plant chemicals that reduce your risk of developing chronic disease, and they also give your immune system a boost.
Remarkably, grapefruit is used to treat malaria.
Cucumber is one of those vegetables that, strangely enough, kids seem to enjoy.
This makes them super rare!
Like watermelons, cucumber are around 95% water, which makes them a perfect non-acidic food for when you want to hydrate and cool down a bit.
They’re anti-inflammatory, rich in fibre and super duper low in calories.
Enjoy them in a salad, on a sandwich or pour yourself a refreshing glass of cucumber water.
There are so many different types of mushroom available that it’s almost impossible for someone to say they dislike mushrooms. There’s literally one for everyone!
Mushrooms are fungi that have recently been termed a super food – and for good reason. Mushrooms are non-acidic vegetables that help you lose weight, boost your immune system, prevent cancer, improve your digestion and destroy viruses.
The luscious red and green tomato is one of an all-star fruit that fully deserves its place on this list.
Tomatoes are really versatile and can be added to pizzas, sandwiches, salads and pasta dishes. They can be purified and added to smoothies and soups, and they also make an excellent addition to a fried breakfast. We love ‘em!
Whether you consider them to be a fruit or a vegetable, the health benefits are the same: Tomatoes are a great source of vitamins and minerals and look after your heart, improve your vision, reduce your risk of cancer, promote better digestion and lower hypertension.
Oddly enough, celery is the one vegetable that can actually trigger an allergic reaction. If you’re not allergic to them, you should definitely add more celery to your diet as these bad boys have lots of health benefits.
Celery is rich in vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate, potassium, and calcium and they reduce high cholesterol, lower inflammation, treat high blood pressure, prevent ulcers and look after your liver.
Celery also reduces bloating and improves your digestive health, fights infections, treats urinary tract infections and could even reduce your risk of developing cancer.
So here you go, this was our list of non acidic fruits and veggies that you can include in your diet to feel more energy and strength and to improve the ph levels of your body, which actually helps fight ageing process very effectively.
What are your favourite fruits and veggies? Feel free to comment below.