Acid-Alkaline Oils and Fats Food Nutrition Chart

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I explain the values for this acid-alkaline oils and fats food chart in my Basic Acid Alkaline Food Chart Introduction.

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Alkaline Food Diet

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Why is an alkaline food diet wrong?

Every day I get asked how to get an alkaline food diet, and every day I have to tell people to stop looking. An acid alkaline diet is a great thing. When you get the right balance between acid-forming and alkaline-forming food and drink, you have one of the healthiest diets on the planet.

Of course, you still have to balance protein, carbs, and fats. You still have to ensure that you get sufficient vitamins and minerals. But those things become much easier within the framework of a balanced acid alkaline diet.

Trying to achieve an alkaline food diet is not balanced. Let’s hope you include all beverages in your diet plans. OK, we are used to using the word food to include food and drink. Hopefully you can agree that all food and drink, plus any dietary supplements, need to be accounted for. But that is implied by the word diet, so why not simply ask for an alkaline diet?

Strictly speaking, your total food intake should be alkaline, but it must be a balance of acid and alkaline foods and drinks. Around one quarter to one third acid-formers is about right. If you avoid acid forming foods entirely, you risk missing some essential nutrients.

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Potassium for pH Balance

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Potassium is one of three alkaline components of the PRAL calculation for pH Balance Diet Score.

We need potassium for several functions in our bodies, and it is also important for balancing the effects of too much sodium. The risks of average diets in America are important, and so I turn to Harvard School of Public health once again to share modern nutrition thinking about potassium:

Most Americans consume far too much sodium and far too little potassium, an eating pattern that puts them at higher risk of heart disease and death. Making a few changes in food choices can help shift the balance. Potassium levels are naturally high in vegetables and fruits, and sodium levels are naturally low. Large amounts of sodium are often added to foods during processing. So choosing produce that is fresh or frozen, or choosing foods that have not had salt added in processing, can help curb dietary sodium and boost potassium.

Potassium deficiency can lead to muscle weakness, abnormal heartbeat, and slightly elevated blood pressure. On the other hand, too much potassium can also be bad for the heart, and kidney patients might need lower than normal intake. So what is normal potassium intake?

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Alkaline Beverages List

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Drinks are just as important as food in a healthy diet. When we speak of foods, we include both food and drink, hence the need for this alkaline beverages list.

The most important thing is to include all beverages as well as food when you plan your diet. Many drinks have very low energy values, but they should still be added to your total food and drink intake. Though these will not significantly affect your calorie count, they may well contain other nutrients that can affect your health. Study food labels, and my alkaline beverages list below, to avoid drinks high in sugar or sodium.

Staying hydrated is crucial to good health, but there is no fixed amount for fluid intake. Your personal requirements will depend on the weather, and the amount of activity you are engaged in. A good starting point is eight glasses (12oz) per day. All drinks can contribute to this total, but at least half should be plain water. The latest nutrition advice, summarized from Harvard, recommends:

  • At least half of daily fluid should be water. More is fine, up to 100% of all fluids.
  • About one-third (or about three to four cups) can come from unsweetened coffee or tea.
  • Up to one-fifth (or about two 8-ounce glasses) can be low-fat milk. Milk is a good source of calcium, so if you replace this with water, be sure to get calcium from food.
  • A small glass (about 4 ounces) of 100% fruit juice.
  • Avoid zero diet drinks made with artificial sweeteners, and drinks sweetened with sugar or high-fructose corn syrup.

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