100 Most Acid Foods

The food high in acid list shows the 100 most acidifying foods from the USDA nutrition database. Some of these are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. They should not be avoided, but should be balanced by a greater quantity of alkaline producing foods.

To find suitable alkalizing foods, you can consult my 100 Most Alkaline Foods List (coming soon). For better variety, I’ve listed all foods by food group, and you can read about these in my Basic Acid Alkaline Food Chart Introduction.

Remember that the table lists 100g portions of food. Many foods on this list are concentrated, and will normally be used in much smaller quantities – simply adjust the PRAL value to suit the amount used.

Beware of the high value for the top of the list. Baking powder can contain a range of organic and inorganic compounds that may distort the true PRAL value.

Food High In Acid: Top 100 List
Food Kcal Pro tein Cal cium Mag nes ium Phos phor ous Pot ass ium PRAL Food Group
Leavening agents, baking powder, double-acting, straight phosphate 51 0.10 7364 39 9918 5 270.16 Baked Products
Puddings, all flavors except chocolate, low calorie, instant, dry mix 350 0.81 143 5 2368 30 85.39 Sweets
Gelatin desserts, dry mix, reduced calorie, with aspartame, no added sodium 345 55.30 2 1 1293 14 74.59 Sweets
Soy protein isolate, PROTEIN TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL, SUPRO 388 87.75 200 40 862 100 69.15 Legumes and Legume Products
Soy protein isolate 338 80.69 178 39 776 81 63.22 Legumes and Legume Products
Gelatin desserts, dry mix, reduced calorie, with aspartame 198 15.67 8 2 1293 14 55.06 Sweets
Soy protein concentrate, crude protein basis (N x 6.25), produced by acid wash 328 63.63 363 140 839 450 44.41 Legumes and Legume Products
Vital wheat gluten 370 75.16 142 25 260 100 41.85 Cereal Grains and Pasta
Gelatins, dry powder, unsweetened 335 85.60 55 22 39 16 41.76 Sweets
Soy protein concentrate, produced by acid wash 331 58.13 363 140 839 450 41.71 Legumes and Legume Products
Egg, yolk, dried 666 34.25 284 13 920 244 41.66 Dairy and Egg Products
Egg, whole, dried 594 47.35 231 42 831 493 39.50 Dairy and Egg Products
Seeds, sunflower seed kernels, oil roasted, without salt 592 20.06 87 127 1139 483 37.39 Nut and Seed Products
Seeds, sunflower seed kernels, oil roasted, with salt added 592 20.06 87 127 1139 483 37.39 Nut and Seed Products
Seeds, sunflower seed flour, partially defatted 326 48.06 114 346 689 67 37.15 Nut and Seed Products
Seeds, sunflower seed kernels, toasted, without salt 619 17.21 57 129 1158 491 36.87 Nut and Seed Products
Seeds, sunflower seed kernels, toasted, with salt added 619 17.21 57 129 1158 491 36.87 Nut and Seed Products
Whale, beluga, meat, dried (Alaska Native) 327 69.86 22 63 549 800 35.82 Ethnic Foods
Milk, dry, nonfat, calcium reduced 354 35.50 280 60 1011 680 35.32 Dairy and Egg Products
Soy protein isolate, potassium type, crude protein basis 321 88.32 178 39 776 1590 35.27 Legumes and Legume Products
Smelt, dried (Alaska Native) 389 56.19 1600 89 1400 1000 35.21 Ethnic Foods
Egg, whole, dried, stabilized, glucose reduced 615 48.17 222 49 715 515 35.08 Dairy and Egg Products
Tofu, dried-frozen (koyadofu) 480 47.94 364 59 483 20 34.67 Legumes and Legume Products
Steelhead trout, dried, flesh (Shoshone Bannock) 382 77.27 85 8
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976 1720 34.56 Ethnic Foods
Fish, whitefish, dried (Alaska Native) 371 62.44 810 85 1040 1080 33.65 Ethnic Foods
Seeds, sesame flour, low-fat 333 50.14 149 338 757 397 33.51 Nut and Seed Products
Puddings, chocolate flavor, low calorie, instant, dry mix 356 5.30 126 89 1660 1279 33.20 Sweets
NABISCO, KNOX DRINKING GELATIN, Orange Flavor, with aspartame, low calorie, powder 375 67.20 67 16 42 13 32.92 Beverages
Snacks, pork skins, barbecue-flavor 538 57.90 43 0 220 180 32.17 Snacks
Fish, salmon, chum, dried (Alaska Native) 338 60.88 120 67 650 900 31.67 Ethnic Foods
Soy protein isolate, potassium type 326 80.69 178 39 776 1590 31.53 Legumes and Legume Products
Caribou, shoulder meat, dried (Alaska Native) 271 59.38 14 62 550 810 30.64 Ethnic Foods
Cereals ready-to-eat, WAFFELOS 405 5.60 28 21 815 88 30.14 Breakfast Cereals
Seeds, sunflower seed kernels, dry roasted, without salt 582 19.33 70 129 1155 850 30.09 Nut and Seed Products
Seeds, sunflower seed kernels, dry roasted, with salt added 582 19.33 70 129 1155 850 30.09 Nut and Seed Products
Snacks, pork skins, plain 545 61.30 30 11 85 127 29.83 Snacks
Cheese, pasteurized process, swiss, low fat 170 25.50 684 24 827 180 29.79 Dairy and Egg Products
Fish, cod, Atlantic, dried and salted 290 62.82 160 133 950 1458 29.77 Finfish and Shellfish Products
Cheese, pasteurized process, cheddar or american, fat-free 148 22.50 689 36 936 288 29.71 Dairy and Egg Products
Puddings, chocolate, dry mix, instant 377 2.30 12 45 938 236 29.55 Sweets
Seeds, safflower seed meal, partially defatted 342 35.62 77 350 638 68 29.53 Nut and Seed Products
Seeds, sesame flour, partially defatted 382 40.32 150 362 810 425 29.44 Nut and Seed Products
Cheese, pasteurized process, american, low fat 180 24.60 684 24 827 180 29.35 Dairy and Egg Products
Puddings, banana, dry mix, instant 367 0.00 6 2 804 15 29.30 Sweets
Puddings, banana, dry mix, instant, with added oil 386 0.00 6 2 804 15 29.30 Sweets
Cheese, parmesan, low sodium 456 41.60 1376 51 807 107 28.78 Dairy and Egg Products
Seeds, pumpkin and squash seed kernels, roasted, without salt 522 32.97 43 534 1172 806 28.15 Nut and Seed Products
Seeds, pumpkin and squash seed kernels, roasted, with salt added 522 32.97 43 534 1172 806 28.15 Nut and Seed Products
Cheese, goat, hard type 452 30.52 895 54 729 48 27.88 Dairy and Egg Products
Cereals ready-to-eat, wheat germ, toasted, plain 382 29.10 45 320 1146 947 27.86 Breakfast Cereals
Cheese, parmesan, grated 431 38.46 1109 38 729 125 27.78 Dairy and Egg Products
Puddings, lemon, dry mix, instant 378 0.00 2 0 752 8 27.63 Sweets
Seal, bearded (Oogruk), meat, partially dried (Alaska Native) 270 62.38 9 62 510 960 27.54 E
thnic Foods
Cheese spread, pasteurized process, american, with di sodium phosphate 290 16.41 562 29 875 242 27.27 Dairy and Egg Products
Fish, salmon, red (sockeye), smoked (Alaska Native) 327 56.94 34 64 570 940 27.14 Ethnic Foods
Cheese, romano 387 31.80 1064 41 760 86 26.99 Dairy and Egg Products
Caribou, rump meat, partially dried (Alaska Native) 261 52.06 14 60 480 710 26.61 Ethnic Foods
Veal, variety meats and by-products, pancreas, cooked, braised 256 29.10 18 24 512 278 26.50 Lamb, Veal, and Game Products
Cheese, pasteurized process, cheddar or american, low sodium 375 22.20 616 22 745 162 26.46 Dairy and Egg Products
Cheese, pasteurized process, pimento 375 22.13 614 22 744 162 26.41 Dairy and Egg Products
Fish, roe, mixed species, cooked, dry heat 204 28.62 28 26 515 283 26.09 Finfish and Shellfish Products
Cheese, parmesan, shredded 415 37.86 1253 51 735 97 26.09 Dairy and Egg Products
Pork, cured, bacon, cooked, pan-fried 533 38.34 12 36 561 591 26.04 Pork Products
Puddings, vanilla, dry mix, instant 377 0.00 12 1 705 12 25.65 Sweets
Cereals ready-to-eat, QUAKER, KRETSCHMER Wheat Germ, Regular 366 31.43 50 313 1130 1097 25.38 Breakfast Cereals
Pork, cured, bacon, cooked, microwaved 505 38.62 11 31 480 498 25.27 Pork Products
Lamb, variety meats and by-products, liver, cooked, braised 220 30.57 8 22 420 221 25.20 Lamb, Veal, and Game Products
Pork, cured, bacon, cooked, broiled, pan-fried or roasted 541 37.04 11 33 533 565 25.00 Pork Products
Pork, cured, bacon, cooked, broiled, pan-fried or roasted, reduced sodium 541 37.04 11 33 533 565 25.00 Pork Products
Cheese, pasteurized process, swiss, with di sodium phosphate 334 24.73 772 29 762 216 24.98 Dairy and Egg Products
Cheese, parmesan, hard 392 35.75 1184 44 694 92 24.72 Dairy and Egg Products
Cheese product, pasteurized process, cheddar or american, reduced fat 240 17.60 529 33 829 330 24.63 Dairy and Egg Products
Beef, variety meats and by-products, liver, cooked, braised 191 29.08 6 21 497 352 24.62 Beef Products
Seeds, sesame flour, high-fat 526 30.78 159 361 807 423 24.60 Nut and Seed Products
Puddings, coconut cream, dry mix, instant 434 0.90 8 17 721 96 24.55 Sweets
Veal, variety meats and by-products, thymus, cooked, braised 125 22.67 4 24 627 435 24.49 Lamb, Veal, and Game Products
Cheese, mozzarella, nonfat 149 31.70 961 33 656 106 24.22 Dairy and Egg Products
Seeds, sunflower seed butter, without salt 579 19.66 122 369 736 72 24.17 Nut and Seed Products
Seeds, sunflower seed butter, with salt added 579 19.66 122 369 736 72 24.17 Nut and Seed Products
Beef, variety meats and by-products, pancreas, cooked, braised 271 27.10 16 21 453 246 24.12 Beef Products
Seeds, pumpkin and squash seed kernels, dried 541 24.54 43 535 1174 807 24.04 Nut and Seed Products
Pork, cured, bacon, cooked, baked 548 35.73 10 30 506 539 24.00 Pork Products
Seeds, sesame butter, tahini, type of kernels unspecified 592 17.40 141 95 790 459 23.81 Nut and Seed Products
Veal, variety meats and by-products, liver, cooked, braised 192 28.42 6 20 460 329 23.43 Lamb, Veal, and Game Products
Cheese food, pasteurized process, american, with di sodium phosphate 328 19.61 574 31 754 279 23.38 Dairy and Egg Products
Egg substitute, powder 444 55.50 326 65 478 744 23.32 Dairy and Egg Products
Veal, variety meats and by-products, liver, cooked, pan-fried 193 27.37 7 23 483 353 23.18 Lamb, Veal, and Game Products
Beef, variety meats and by-products, liver, cooked, pan-fried 175 26.52 6 22 485 351 22.91 Beef Products
Cheese, low fat, cheddar or colby 173 24.35 415 16 484 66 22.64 Dairy and Egg Products
Cereals ready-to-eat, QUAKER, KRETSCHMER Honey Crunch Wheat Germ 372 26.55 50 272 1011 964 22.45 Breakfast Cereals
Turkey bacon, cooked 382 29.60 9 29 460 395 22.35 Poultry Products
Veal, variety meats and by-products, kidneys, cooked, braised 163 26.32 29 24 372 159 22.32 Lamb, Veal, and Game Products
Chicken, meatless 224 23.64 35 17 335 54 21.94 Legumes and Legume Products
Fruit-flavored drink, dry powdered mix, low calorie, with aspartame 217 0.45 1047 3 1239 498 21.91 Beverages
USDA Commodity,Bakery, Flour Mix 400 8.47 187 20 630 124 21.90 Baked Products
USDA Commodity, Bakery , Flour Mix Low-fat 361 9.07 181 28 633 141 21.82 Baked Products
Chicken, liver, all classes, cooked, pan-fried 172 25.78 10 27 442 315 21.53 Poultry Products
Cornmeal, self-rising, bolted, plain, enriched, white 334 8.28 361 86 804 255 21.52 Cereal Grains and Pasta
Cornmeal, self-rising, bolted, plain, enriched, yellow 334 8.28 361 86 804 255 21.52 Cereal Grains and Pasta
Parmesan cheese topping, fat free 370 40.00 800 40 700 600 21.46 Dairy and Egg Products

Remember: these tables help you make better food choices, but the only way to confirm they are having the desired effect is by measuring the pH (acidity/alkalinity) of your urine. This is a simple process using widely available pH test strips or meters.

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