The 7 Most Acidic, Harmful Foods You Can Eat (& What to Eat Instead)



no-carbsLast week, I shared with you the top 7 most alkaline foods on the planet, which are some of the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat to increase your energy, fight off chronic disease, and keep you healthier than ever for longer than ever.


Today, it’s all about the opposite. We’re going to talk about the 7 most acidic foods you can eat – these are foods that make you fatter, sicker, and weaker.


Before we jump in with these foods and how to replace them if you are currently eating them, I want to make one thing clear…


Deprivation NEVER works! It’s about moderation, not deprivation!


So if you’re eating these foods right now, that’s okay. This is not about feeling guilty or stopping cold turkey. It’s about replacing the foods that are harming your body with ones that are going to heal your body.


Ok, let’s get started!


  1. Sugar


As good as sugar may taste, sugar is NOT your friend. It is the friend of cancer, heart disease, Diabetes, weight gain, fatigue, and brain fog, all of which can be prevented by the choice to eat less or no sugar.


What’s so scary about sugar – a food that’s been proven to be 8X times more addictive than cocaine – is that it mimics nutrients you have deficiencies in. So your body craves more and more sugar, when what it really needs is magnesium and more healthy fats.


Read my top 10 signs you’re addicted to sugar here.



Perhaps even scarier, sugar is often hiding in foods we don’t think of as sweet such as bread, pizza, pasta, cereals, sauces, and dressings. So it’s very difficult to avoid the #1 most acidic food.


And when you factor in fruits, which more than fulfill all of our daily sugar needs even if you eat them sparingly, any other sugars you consume are only helping you get one step closer to obesity, heart disease, Diabetes, and cancer.


One more thing – all sugars are bad, and to your body, sugar is sugar in ALL forms. With that said, there is one that stands out above all else as the biggest, baddest sugar of them all…FRUCTOSE!


Unlike glucose that can be metabolized anywhere in your body, fructose must be shuttled directly to your liver to be broken down. It is very toxic, and because of this, the liver must stop whatever it is doing to deal with the fructose.


Worst yet, this form of sugar immediately gets turned into fat in your body, not to mention, it jacks up your insulin levels (very bad, and perhaps the #1 contributor to chronic disease is insulin sensitivity).


Becareful as fructose comes hidden in many sweeteners that most people believe to be healthy. The worst is AGAVE because agave is 90% fructose (avoid it like the plague no matter what you may hear).


Next is honey (55% fructose) and coconut sugar/nectar (40% fructose). Now, I still use these last 2 sweeteners but only in moderation.


What to enjoy instead: First, make sure you’re getting plenty of magnesium and healthy fats.


Supplements like Omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil) and Alkamind Daily Minerals can ensure you’re not deficient in the nutrients that can mimic wanting more sugar.


Next, spice up your foods with cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and turmeric, which will make foods naturally sweeter and help block your body’s cravings for sugar.


Finally, enjoy alkaline foods that taste sweet without the sugar like tomatoes, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and coconut.


  1. Artificial Sweeteners


As you probably know, I’ve called artificial sweeteners the #1 most acidic, poisonous ingredient on the planet – and it’s true. Artificial sweeteners are terrible for you, no matter how you look at it.


So why isn’t this food #1 on my list?


It’s simple. Many people have already gotten off the artificial sweetener bandwagon, whereas they still eat sugar many times over each and every day.


But just because you know to avoid diet sodas and the little packets on the table filled with these toxic ingredients does not mean you’re completely avoiding artificial sweeteners.


Check the labels on these other foods you might eat to make sure they don’t contain artificial sweeteners (because chances are they do!):



  • Chewing gum
  • Yogurt
  • Diet anything
  • Sugar-less anything
  • Low-sugar labeled processed snacks and breakfast foods
  • Even chewable vitamins!


What to enjoy instead: Gradually replace use of artificial sweeteners with organic liquid stevia or Lo Han (monk fruit, a traditional Chinese alkaline superberry) – both great alkaline alternatives to sugar.


It’s important you not go cold turkey when it comes to aspartame and the like because they do cause a true addiction that’s hard to break without side effects.


  1. Soda


Yes, soda or cola or pop is mostly sugar, so we could just lump it in with #1. However, I think it deserves its very own spot on this list, and here’s why.


High fructose corn syrup is the average American’s greatest source of calories.


And the #1 source of high fructose corn syrup is soda.


They also contain phosphoric acid, a very damaging, corrosive acid! In fact, a study found school-age children in Oklahoma drink on average four 12-ounce soft drinks every day. This grossly exceeds daily recommendations.


The major companies market soda directly to our children, so this shouldn’t come as a surprise. The research shows that American children consume about 10 times as much sugar as they did in 1900, especially in the form of high fructose corn syrup.


What’s scary about all of this is that high fructose corn syrup is highly addictive. And it leads to scary health issues like insulin resistance (a precursor to Diabetes), obesity, and diseases of the liver.


It is also very high in the unhealthy Omega 6 fatty acids, which contributes to the skewing of your Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio (next to pH levels, the most important ratio in the body. This ratio should be 1:1, no more than 4:1, yet the average American is 25:1. And get this, on a study of murderers and people in insane asylums – it was on average 70:1. Your brain is 60% fat, and these acidic, inflammatory fats are literally making people’s brains whacked!).


cucumber-mint-waterWhat to enjoy instead:
Like with artificial sweeteners, I encourage you to go slowly as you try to replace soda in your diet. If you’re drinking it every day, you’re likely addicted to the high fructose corn syrup and it’s going to be a tough habit to break.


The best drink to replace it with is easily WATER! Because you’re used to flavored sodas, try infusing your water with lemon, lime, mint, cucumber, lavender, and grapefruit.


  1. Ice Cream


Are you noticing a pattern here? All 4 of the top foods on this list are sugary-foods or artificial sugar substitutes.


Ice cream takes the cake, no pun intended, of sugar-filled desserts. Because it not only delivers a high dose of sugar, with 16 grams of sugar per serving or even more, it also is made from acidic cow’s milk. It’s high in the unhealthy saturated fat (we like the good kinds like coconut oil), which is one of the fats that kill.


An extra thing to beware of… many ice creams are made with high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils (more bad Omega 6 fats!).


What to enjoy instead: Next time you want a cold, sweet treat, make a smoothie instead. Check out all my smoothie recipes here. Or if it’s dessert you crave, find all my alkaline dessert recipes here like Coconut Banana Fro-Yo and Avocado Chocolate Mousse.


  1. Trans-Fats


As I often say, “There are fats that heal, and fats that kill.” Well, trans-fats are #1 in the kill category. They can:


  • Raise LDL (bad) cholesterol, while lowering HDL (good) cholesterol
  • Increase the risk of Diabetes by altering insulin resistance
  • Increase the risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Uniquely contribute to obesity compared to other fats


The scary thing about trans-fats is that the average American consumes 5.3 grams of trans fats each and every day. That adds up to a health crisis over time.

Trans-fats can be found in:


  • Butter substitutes
  • Vegetable and canola oils
  • Baked goods like doughnuts, pies, cakes, and muffins
  • Processed foods like crackers, chips, and microwave popcorn
  • Fried foods


Buyer beware: Even products that claim to be trans-fat free can contain trans-fats up to 0.05% of the ingredients! Stay away from any food that includes partially hydrogenated oils on the list of ingredients because they are the top source of artificial trans-fats.


What to enjoy instead: Use extra virgin olive oil on top of salads, steamed and sautéed vegetables, and coconut oil for your cooking instead of vegetable and canola oils. Avoid processed foods in favor of homemade snacks and treats whenever possible.


  1. Coffee


Sorry folks, but coffee is very acidic. I don’t care what article or study you read, going in through the mouth it’s a liver suppressor and an adrenal stressor. Going in the ‘other’ way (enema), it is a liver enhancer and detoxifier.


Even decaf coffee, which is slightly better for you than caffeinated, is still highly acidic (and does contain 8-12 mg of caffeine).


I know this might be hard to hear if you’re addicted, but the truth is, coffee isn’t doing you any favors.


I get it. I’ve never been a coffee drinker, but once upon a time, my wife Chelsea was hooked on 2 morning cups of coffee and she didn’t think she could live without it. But you know what? It actually wasn’t hard for her to give it up.


What worked for her was to substitute a different drink that she enjoyed little by little. So instead of two cups of coffee, she had one cup and then a cup of herbal tea. Then half a cup of coffee, a cup of herbal tea, and more water in the morning. And after a while, she didn’t need the coffee at all.


She also found that by drinking 1 glass of Alkamind Daily Greens each morning, it lessened her need for coffee because she got a boost of energy from all of those alkaline greens. This, above all else, was the key factor in getting over the coffee addiction.

herbal-teaWhen you alkalize, your taste buds will literally transform from acid to alkaline within DAYS (not weeks or months). I see this ALL THE TIME in our private Facebook group with our cleanse gladiators!


What to enjoy instead: Herbal tea makes a great replacement for coffee (I enjoy Pukka), especially if you’re hooked on the caffeine from it. If you drink decaf coffee, try replacing it with more water and a Detox Tea. I think you’ll find you’re quickly feeling so much better that you won’t want to go back to coffee.


  1. MSG


Contrary to popular belief, MSG, or monosodium glutamate, is not just a problem ingredient found in Chinese food. It’s used as a flavoring agent in all sorts of processed foods, and that’s a problem because it can cause:


  • headaches
  • nausea and vomiting
  • neck pain
  • numbness
  • heart palpitations


The key to avoiding MSG is getting good at reading labels on every product you buy. Not only do you need to look for monosodium glutamate, but also it’s other names:


  • Glutamic Acid
  • Any ingredient that includes the word Glutamate
  • Yeast Extract or Autolyzed Yeast
  • Any ingredient that includes the word Hydrolyzed
  • Calcium Caseinate
  • Sodium Caseinate
  • Textured Protein
  • Soy Protein Isolate
  • Whey Protein Isolate


What to enjoy instead: MSG is a type of sodium, so it adds saltiness and flavor to foods. The way to replace it is to prepare foods using good, nutritious salts: Celtic Grey, Himalayan, or Redmond Real Salt.


  1. Bonus Food: Carbonated Water


I’ve got one more for you because I just can’t talk about the most acidic foods without mentioning this one that flies under the radar of most people. Drinking carbonated water, you might think you’re doing the right thing – not drinking soda or fruit juice and enjoying a sugar-free beverage instead.


However, carbonated water is acidic. The carbonation comes from carbonic acid and the result is that the pH is actually around 6.0, 10X more acidic than tap water.




What to enjoy instead: A daily dose of the Gatorade of the 21st century, Alkamind Daily Minerals is going to make you feel so much better than any carbonated beverage.


With calcium, potassium, sodium bicarbonate, and magnesium, it will neutralize all of the damaging acids you’ve consumed from other foods you’ve eaten.


  • Thank you for letting out this truth.

  • I satisfy with what u say about it

    Ali Abba
  • Thanks for enlightening me concerning which food are more acidic and which are alkaline forming. I will try to follow the guide as I suffer from acid health disorder known as LPR, Laringo pharangeal reflux. I have difficulties in speech, horse voice because of the secretion that are most of the times in my throar. I have suffered from this condition for over 3 years now and have been prescribed many medicines/ drug to no improvement. I have been eating ignorantly. From now will try to avoid acidic foods and eat more of alkaline foods. I am from Malawi.

    Joseph Lupunga

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