Did you know that there’s a difference between acid-forming foods and foods with an acidic pH
Acid-forming foods are those that promote acidity in your body. Conversely, not all foods with a low (or acidic) pH promote an acidic environment in your body.
If this sounds confusing, don’t worry. This article outlines the differences between acid-forming foods and those with an acidic pH, as well as the reasons why some people avoid these foods.
Here are some acidic foods, explained:
1. Red meat and other animal proteins:
Red meat and processed meat are among the most prevalent acid-producing foods in the Western diet. Red meat is high in protein and phosphorus, and thus increases dietary acid load
Other animal proteins like chicken and eggs further contribute to a high dietary acid load.
2. Soft drinks:
Soft drinks are loaded with phosphoric acid, which is a major contributor to the acid load of Western diets
Excess phosphorus, especially in the form of highly absorbable phosphoric acid, has been linked to adverse health effects.
What’s more, soda intake is tied to kidney issues, decreased bone mineral density, and prediabetes, which may be partly due to soda’s dietary acid load.
3. Cheese and dairy products:
Cheese, milk, and ice cream are high in phosphorus and contribute to a high dietary acid load
Although dairy products like cheese and unsweetened yogurt are nutritious, a diet high in these products and low in plant foods may contribute to a high dietary acid load.
Dairy is a concentrated source of potentially acid-forming compounds, including sulfur-containing amino acids, chloride, and phosphorus.