Acid / Alkaline Diets

The acid / alkaline diets are pretty controversial (claims vs scientific mechanisms / studies etc), but everyone agrees that we need to place more focus on getting a higher mineral intake (alkaline minerals = alkaline body is the theory). Alkaline minerals include calcium, magnesium, potassium & sodium – we (modern Australians) are usually deficient in some or all of these. We also do need the ‘acid’ minerals though too – ie phosphorus, chlorine, sulphur, silica, iodine…There are also acids produced constantly in our bodies, as a natural by-product of metabolism.

Some foods leave a more acidic ‘ash’ than others (after digestion) due to lower alkaline minerals & higher sulphur amino acids / acidic nutrients. There are so many charts with foods placed in all different categories on the net – it’s all very confusing! The general opinion though is that grains / pseudo-grains / nuts / seeds / legumes etc are considered acid-forming (with the exception of buckwheat, millet, quinoa & amaranth – which are alkaline, neutral or only mildly acidic, depending what you’re reading!)

Anything sprouted or ‘activated’  is considered alkaline though …so – that makes (in theory) the only highly acidic ingredient in Blend11 the cacao nibs (but they’re also very high in magnesium – an alkaline mineral), confusing!

So overall – for anyone interested in an alkalising food / product, Blend11 makes a pretty good choice – especially when compared with most common breakfast foods – ie toast & cereal. (The yoghurt / fruit chosen to combine it with will also influence its pH effect)

 anything high in sugar = high acid residue

So avoid sugar, go for foods high in alkaline minerals (ie greens) & remember – stressing about your food too much will acidify your system more than anything!

Here’s a link to one of the better charts to check it out further: acid-alkaline-list

 

Brad & Jeanie