THE TRUTH ABOUT FRUIT – Is it Good or Bad for your health?

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Which citrus is acidicWould you be surprised to know that some of the foods you think of as highly ACIDIC are actually ALKALINE-forming to your body?

When transitioning to an alkaline diet, it is so important to know which foods and beverages are alkaline and which are acidic so that you can make the right choices in regards to what you should (and shouldn’t) put into your body.

The problem is that most alkaline/acid food charts that you will find are WRONG!

So many charts out there have foods that are actually ACIDIC listed on the alkaline side – no better way to mess up all of your hard work!

Let me explain….

When determining whether a food/beverage is alkaline OR acidic, there are two important components you need to look at in that food…

  • the mineral content
  • the sugar content

Take vegetables for example. They are mostly alkaline because the majority of them are high in minerals and low in sugar.

Alkaline foods are high in minerals but LOW in sugar…

Why is the sugar component so important to consider?

Because SUGAR = ACID!

Just because a food is classified as “acidic” (i.e. Citric Acid Fruits), this doesn’t necessarily mean that is is acidic. 

On the contrary, some of these citric acid fruits are alkaline-forming once consumed inside your body, and this is where all the confusion lies.

Here’s the deal…

I don’t want you to be focused on what the specific food or drink’s pH is OUTSIDE of your body. What is more important is the effect the food has on the body once CONSUMED.

When you look at your top 4 citric acid fruits – lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruits, 3 of them are alkaline-forming, one of those are ACIDIC…which one do you think is ACIDIC (hint – think about how they taste)?

OrangesThe ORANGES, but why?

All four citric acid fruits are acidic outside of the body. All four are high water content fruits, and all have high amounts of alkaline minerals.

BUT, the lemons, limes, and grapefruits are LOW in sugar (2%, 2%, 5% sugar respectively), and the oranges are HIGH in sugar (12% sugar).

THAT is the game-changer in regards to what the food does once consumed inside your body.

Let’s take a look at your top alkaline fruits:

  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Grapefruit
  • Avocado
  • Tomatoes
  • Coconut (water, milk, butter, oil)
  • Pomegranate

Watermelon has a neutral pH.

All the rest are acidic, even fruits like bananas, oranges, and berries.

Lemon waterAgain, this is because of one thing only… THEIR SUGAR CONTENT!

Let’s take a closer look at why that is the case and why most alkaline food charts are wrong.

The reason my Ultimate Alkaline / Acid Food Guide is different than other charts (and why most charts are wrong) is because they base their alkalinity or acid readings on something called the PRAL (Potential Renal Acid Load).

This is not an accurate method to determine if a food/beverage is alkaline or acidic, and hence the reason why there is so much confusion among the different charts out there.

To test for PRAL, a specific food (i.e. banana) is heated at an extreme (high) temperatures, and then a reading is taken of the ‘ash’ that is left behind of that specific food, and from that ash, the pH is measured.

But here is problem with this method…

While it does give us the mineral content of that specific food which is SO important, what is MISSING is the other important part of that food that gets burned off at the high temperature – the sugar.

And when the sugar gets burned off at this high temperature, the reading gets misconstrued.

This is why some high sugar fruits like bananas for example are listed as alkaline on many charts (not mine) when in fact, they are acidic.

Bananas are 25% sugar, and again, SUGAR = ACID!

When sugar is consumed in any form, it undergoes the process of fermentation (yes, just like beer and wine!), and turns into ACID and ALCOHOL, which binds and clogs your digestive system.

To get the appropriate reading and pH, you must take the reading of the ash before the sugar content gets burned off.

That’s why my chart is the MOST accurate Alkaline / Acid Food Guide that you will find.

Does this make sense?

Now you know WHY lemons, limes, and grapefruits are alkaline-forming and GOOD for you, and WHY oranges and bananas are acid-forming.

Blueberry smoothie

So, I’m not saying don’t consume bananas, in fact, many of the smoothies in the GET OFF YOUR ACID 7-DAY CLEANSE have fruits like bananas and berries.

They make the smoothies taste better and they do possess some health benefits. But because they are still acidic, you must know how to neutralize the acid to give you a net alkaline gain on that smoothie.

This leads me to two important tips…

Never give your kids (or yourself) oranges or orange juice if they are sick!

Now, oranges do have large amounts of Vitamin C which is beneficial to your immune system, BUT as I mentioned earlier, they are high in sugar and they are acidic.

Sugar feeds bacteria and makes it harder for you to fight off any infection your body is dealing with.

You need to get your body into an alkaline state, because things like bacteria, viruses, mold, fungus, and parasites have a hard time thriving in an alkaline environment.

These little bugs love an anaerobic (without oxygen), acidic state, so if you or your children are ever feeling under the weather, ALKALIZE your body and that will accelerate the healing process.

Do some power breathing exercises to oxygenate your body and to get rid of the most pervasive and damaging acid in your body, CO2 (carbon dioxide gas), hydrate more (coffee doesn’t count!), get more chlorophyll (Daily Greens), more minerals (Daily Minerals), more healthy fats, and lymphasize (i.e. the rebounder) to help detoxify your body.

If you want to have a higher glycemic index fruit like a banana, you MUST make sure to combine it with a healthy fat.

These healthy fats will slow down the metabolization of the sugars in the fruit and will neutralize the ACID and prevent an insulin spike in your blood.

This is why our smoothies on the cleanse that have bananas or berries in them always have a couple of forms of healthy fats included like raw almond butter, coconut oil, chia seeds, flax, and hemp.

I hope this helps clear up any confusion and misunderstanding about fruit and why lemons, which are high in citric acid, is actually one of the most powerful alkalizing agents you can put in your body, and why you should always add this to your water to help alkalize your body and detox and cleanse your blood.

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24 Responses

  1. Pstein
    Makes sense. Diagnosed with Barretts Esophagus in 2004. Bi annual scoping. Started eating grapefruit daily in 2017. No negative effects. No heartburn. In contrast, orange juice does cause me acid reflux issues. Yet, every article lists grapefruit as an acid reflux trigger.
  2. ByGuy
    Sooo you're saying the sugar is burnt off when testing PRAL...obviously, not all the sugar is burnt off otherwise every food item would test alkaline. And you're also saying the correct way to test is before the sugar is burned off? So someone must have done this for all the foods on your chart, correct?
  3. Jan Dansey
    Your advice made perfect sense until I watched this: Surely more convincing than any other testing?
    1. Dan
      Not really because when your body is being detoxed due to healthy food, the efficiency of chucking out the bad stuff via urine etc is improved so you will get a spike in bad stuff in urine when your diet is of the best stuff
      1. Jan Dansey
        Thanks for answering, yes that makes sense. However, somehow gave you the wrong link, it should have been Live testing of oranges being acid to the body. Surely this is pretty irrefutable?
            1. Daryl Gioffre
              Jan, please look at this from an objective standpoint. Oranges are high in sugar and fructose which is why we need to eat them in moderation. I am not saying avoid them, as it is fruit and once and a while, I enjoy an orange. What I am saying, is no matter how you look at it, it IS acid-forming. It IS high in sugar. It is high in minerals and vitamin C and fiber as well, which mitigates some of the sugar effects, but none the less, it will still ferment. Never eat when sick, and again, on the 20% side of the 80/20 if that is what you follow. Hope this helps.
              1. Jan Dansey
                Thanks very much Daryl, I appreciate your time. However, I am not on any particular diet, just improving mine, making kefir and reducing sugar. I was just trying to discover which of the conflicting beliefs is actually correct and how you would explain Dr. Dina's results!
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  5. s
    what about a Vitamin C pack..(emerge)....does that classify it being acid even tho it has all the vitamins and essentials to boost your immune? I have been overdosed with antibiotics and need to balance out...
  6. Cranberries...don't taste sweet and are on the acidic forming list..but they are recognised to alkaline , used in UTI, could you explain? Thank you They are slightly acidic because of the sugar content. A 100 gram serving contains 4.04 grams of sugar, as well as 12.2 grams of carbohydrate (roughly 9% of its content). When you look at the fiber, it is about 5 grams, so your net carbs is roughly 7 grams, which is sugar. While there are a lot of healthy attributes to cranberries, this is the reason why it is slightly acidic and should be consumed in moderation. In the treatment of UTIs, it is a myth that cranberry JUICE can effectively treat the condition. Cranberry juice is loaded with sugar that feeds the very bacteria you are trying to rid from the body. Especially, in the form of fructose, that can lead to many other heath issues. For these reasons, cranberry juice and cranberries (sugar containing as well which feeds bacteria and yeast) need to be avoided. The research shows that more than 90 percent of UTI cases are caused by E. coli bacteria. Your body is unable to flush these strains away because their cell walls are composed lectin, a sticky substance that causes them to cling to your urinary tract. However, lectin binds to D-mannose molecules, which can help eliminate E. coli from your body. Now, why has this myth been generated? There is an active ingredient in cranberry juice called D-MANNOSE, which when isolated, has been proven to cure more than 90 percent of all UTIs within 1 to 2 days. So what's the takeaway - ANY infection, AVOID ALL SUGAR! Consume a high alkaline diet, rich in vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, and cleanse the blood with chlorophyll to boost immune function. Remember, if a fish gets sick, you don't treat the fish, you clean the water. If you get an infection or sick, you didn't 'catch' the infection. Your body ALLOWED the infection, or more what I call an OUTfection, to live there in the first place. It is all about the terrain - a healthy terrain = healthy body!
  7. Daryl Gioffre
    Hemp milk is alkaline, but this comes with warning as most store bought hemp milks have a lot of C.R.A.P (Completely Refined And processed) in it. Avoid cane sugar and carageenan. We make out own at home, and give it to the kids as well. Very EASY to do - here is my blog with my recipes
  8. Tony
    It may interest you to know that Grapefruit is a hybrid plant. That is even more dangerous than orange. In fact, it is a hybrid between sweet orange and pomelo. Lemon another hybrid between lime and orange. The fact that is sweet does not mean that it bad. In fact, fruits produce fructose which is actually what the brain used for metabolism. I will rather run away from grapefruit and lemon and rather use lime/orange which is more natural.
  9. Tom
    Dr. Gioffre, regarding this statement: "If you want to have a higher glycemic index fruit like a banana, you MUST make sure to combine it with a healthy fat. These healthy fats will slow down the metabolization of the sugars in the fruit and will neutralize the ACID and prevent an insulin spike in your blood." First, unlike glucose and other sugars, fructose metabolism does not require insulin. And, if you eat fat with the fruit, you'll get fermentation. The fat (or protein or starch) will slow the digestion of the fruit causing it to ferment and this promotes congestion in the body. The alcohol that creates can affect blood sugar but it's not due to the fruit except when it's consumed in a way that does not allow it to be digested properly (such as with fat, as you are recommending). Tom - yes, I perfectly understand that, but fruit does increase your insulin levels in two specific ways. First and foremost, there is slightly more glucose in fruit than there is fructose (for exmaple, in a banana) which will have an insulin reaction when ingested. So the goal is to slow down this metabolization so that you do not see the spikes in insulin, which overtime leads to insulin sensitivity, then chronic disease. Fructose is immediately converted by your liver to fructose-1-phosphate (F1P), and this will result in the formation of URIC ACID. Almost all of the F1P is turned into VLDL, triglycerides, and FREE FATTY ACIDS (FFAs). Some of these free fatty acids will be transported from the liver to the skeletal muscles of the body, where they will cause skeletal muscle insulin resistance. The remaining FFAs that stay in the liver, will cause hepatic (liver) insulin resistance, as well as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. This resulting insulin resistance from the FRUCTOSE in the fruit, stresses your pancreas, which pumps out more insulin in response to rising blood sugar as your cells are unable to get the sugar out of your bloodstream, and this can progress to type 2 diabetes. So YES, fructose does have an effect on insulin levels, and indirectly, WILL increase insulin levels.
  10. Bo
    Another alcaline/acid chart. Why not put some Ashes on the food. I will eat like a pescetarian and nobody can change my mind. I will also continue to eat wild berries, soured milk, shrimps, peanuts, matured cheese, american parboiled rice, oats, walnuts, fish, and Everything else I use to eat. M$ likes to put big letters when I write small so I do not work extra for M$.
  11. Dr. Daryl Gioffre
    Here are some great hemp milk recipes of mine -
  12. Dr. Daryl Gioffre
    Hemp milk (home made - which means the seeds are soaked and sprouted) is highly alkaline. The ones you buy in stores, be careful for artificial sweeteners, fillers like carageenan which is highly acidic and CARCINOGENIC, as well as cane sugar - all which makes it acidic
  13. Dr. Daryl Gioffre
    Coffee is acidic because the caffeine. Despite what people and articles say, drinking it is a liver and adrenal SUPPRESSOR. Taking as an enema, is a liver enhancer, but even then, I would still use wheatgrass for the enema. It is over 1,000X more acidic than tap water. Remember this, not about deprivation - add 1 tbsp of coconut oil to dampen the acidic effects, or some mineral salts
  14. Dr. Daryl Gioffre
    Coffee is acidic because the caffeine. Despite what people and articles say, drinking it is a liver and adrenal SUPPRESSOR. Taking as an enema, is a liver enhancer, but even then, I would still use wheatgrass for the enema. It is over 1,000X more acidic than tap water.
  15. Lam
    Well, this begs the question about why coffee is considered acidic when it has no sugar in it? Any thoughts? Response from Dr. Daryl: Caffeine via coffee is a liver and adrenal suppressor - as an enema, it is a liver enhancer. Most coffees have a pH between 4-5, which is high acidic. My suggestion is not deprivation - buy organic, and add some coconut oil or MCT oil (or if you consume dairy which I don't recommend, some grass fed butter i.e. Kerrygold).
  16. Daryl Gioffre
    Very alkaline - great source of protein as well as Omega 3 Fatty Acids. I make mine from scratch - here is the link to the recipe If you buy in store, make sure it is free of carageenan, and try to avoid cane sugar as well Dr. Daryl
  17. Judy Roska
    Love your website and all the wonderful information and recipes. My question is about hemp milk. Where would that fall on the acid/alkaline chart?

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