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The Acid Forming Foods You Might Have Thought Were Healthy

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The SAD diet, or Standard American Diet, is so loaded with sugar, even in foods we don’t think of as sugary or processed like whole grain breads, bagels, pasta, and fruit.


It doesn’t matter if we think of it as a ‘natural sugar’ or a ‘processed sugar’, it all gets treated the same.

Have you ever experienced sugar cravings or an addiction to sugar, or know anyone who has?

Well take that craving, and multiply it by 1,000 and that was me growing up and well into my 20s. There is no doubt an undeniable link between my massive intake of sugar over the years to my chronic ear infections as a kid, migraine headaches, IBS, and many physical injuries I suffered as a soccer player. This is what life was like this for as long as I can remember, but it never stopped me from doing the things I was so passionate about like my soccer career.

But over time it began to take its toll, and I tried every fad diet you can think of to try to beat this powerful addiction and all of the health consequences it caused…

To no avail…

Whenever I tried to quit sugar, my will power only got me so far and it never sustained itself – Why?

I always associated stopping sugar with pain.

Sugar is 100 times more addictive than cocaine, and is one of the most acidic substances you can put in your body.

Unless you hit rock bottom, associating pain with a behavior change, especially overcoming sugar, doesn’t work.

This is when I realized there had to be a better way.

When I first heard about the alkaline diet, my diet consisted of 70/30 in favor of foods loaded with sugar. But something about what I heard CLICKED…

Has that ever happened in your life, when you hear something and you know it’s just right?

The health and energy changes I experienced weren’t overnight and it took a lot of trial and error.

I realized that deprivation would never work, and I started to alkalize my body, starting with a green drink. Continuing with the green drinks, I added wheat grass and mineral salts. One by one, by adding and not taking away, eventually the good outweighed the bad, and in 6 month’s time, I lost 40 pounds, had more energy than I had in my early 20s, and my cravings went away, SMASHING my addiction to sugar!

Since then, I have been able to transform my mindset about food.

It’s a fuel, rather than a craving or addiction.

I tell you this to impress upon you that the moment you commit to alkalizing and adding and tweaking and not detracting – your life will NEVER be the same.

Take a minute to think about these top acid forming foods and how they might be sneaking into your diet in ways you even consider healthy (like salad dressing, peanuts, or yogurt).

Top 15 Acid Forming Foods:

  1. Sugar
  2. Soft Drinks / Colas
  3. Milk / Cheese / Yogurt
  4. Peanut / Peanut butter
  5. Carbonated Water
  6. All Meats
  7. Coffee
  8. Ice Cream
  9. Margarine
  10. MSG
  11. Yeast
  12. Vinegar
  13. Alcohol
  14. White Bread / White Pasta
  15. Fruit Juice (Sweetened)

Deprivation NEVER works when it comes to changing something in your life, no matter what that change may be, especially in regards to your health.

I know firsthand what it takes to overcome adversity and challenges in your health, and I want to save you the years of trial and error it took to get me to where I am today.

That’s why it’s so important to find swaps to replace those acid forming foods you’ve been eating with healthier, alkaline foods.

Top 15 Alkaline Forming Foods:

  1. Watercress
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale
  4. Cucumber
  5. Broccoli
  6. Avocado
  7. Celery
  8. Red Bell Pepper
  9. Swiss Chard
  10. Lemon / Lime / Grapefruit
  11. Parsley
  12. Almonds
  13. Coconut Oil
  14. Chinese Cabbage
  15. Chia


Purslane – an amazing plant (actually classified as a weed) that tastes great in salads and wraps, and has more Omega 3 Fatty Acids than any other plant. In fact, it is the only plant-based Omega that has a readily usable source of EPA, one of the two omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oil!

Think of a swap on this list for one of the acid forming foods you’ve enjoyed…

  • Raw coconut water or lemon water instead of orange juice
  • Almond butter instead of peanut butter
  • Avocado oil or coconut oil instead of canola oil
  • Coconut Milk or Almond Milk instead of Cows Milk
  • Quinoa instead of White Rice
  • Herbal Tea instead of Coffee

Once you get in the habit of making swaps, you’ll find it’s easy to make the changes you’ve been trying to make.

If you want to lose weight, improve your sleep, get more energy, improve your digestion, or whatever it may be – it’s vitally important that you GET OFF YOUR ACID!

Your body can’t burn calories fast enough or give you energy to lose weight if it’s too busy working and fighting to neutralize acid to maintain your pH level of 7.365.

Are you ready start making healthy swaps? Take a look at the Get Off Your Acid 7-Day Cleanse.

Get Off Your Acid & Get Energized

  • Feeling tired? Even after a good night’s sleep?
  • Crashing at 3pm?
  • Feeling sluggish all-day long?
  • Missing that “get-up-and-go” feeling you used to have?

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4 Responses

  1. AJ
    Umm lemons and limes especially grapefruit are acidic... Highly acidic not alkaline.. main reason why if you get diagnosed with something like GERD they say stay away from lemon and lime juices.. so high in ascorbic and citric acids
    1. Daryl Gioffre
      Hi AJ - yes, OUTSIDE of the body they are acidic, like all citrus acid fruits - but what we care about is what the food does once inside the body, as its metabolized. With that, lemons, limes, and grapefruit (NOT oranges) are alkaline-forming, b/c as they are metabolized, they are high in minerals and fiber, and low in sugar. As far as reflux goes, I agree - I would not use lemons, because they still have an acidic 'feel' to it. For eample, if I cut my finger and put lemon juice on it, ouch! Same goes for reflux, so i would avoid if you are dealing with that. But otherwise, once it gets digested, it becomes VERY alkaline forming and healing to the body and the blood. Hope this clarifies for you, thanks. Dr. Daryl
  2. JoYcelyn Block
    'Great site – one of the best, especially in encouraging one's mindset to think MORE rather than less ! One more think which I think is important, because of its many health benefits: ACV (apple cider vinegar) is Not acid-forming, but is the ONLY one which is alkalizing.

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