Understanding Acidic vs. Acid-Forming

Many people become confused about acid or acidic foods due to hearing so much about the harm of an acidic or acid-forming diet.

Acid foods or acidic foods are the polarity of alkaline foods. Some nutritionists believe that our diets should consist of at least 20% of acid or acidic foods (unprocessed or unrefined fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and grains). The other 80% of foods we should consume should be alkaline. So 80% alkaline and 20% acid or acidic is a healthy balance.

Now while naturally acidic in nature (simply because they contain various acids), the acids in acidic foods are salubrious and needed by the body for purposes of balance. Balance is very important, both for spiritual and physical well-being.

The acids you find in an orange, lemon, lime, or grapefruit are not the same kind of harmful acids found in acid-forming foods such as dairy products, meats, and refined grains.

Acid foods, i.e. citrus fruit and certain nuts, are not the same as “acid-forming” or “acid-inducing” foods, i.e. meat, milk, butter, ice cream, white bread, eggs, or sugar, which are usually processed and/or refined foods.

Refrain from confusing “acid foods” (which are listed in our Food Combining Chart) with “acid-forming” foods that have been cooked or processed.

Acid or acidic foods such as certain fruit and nuts will not produce harmful mucus (thick, viscous, yellow-greenish mucus) like acid-forming foods will produce. Again, there is a difference. Refrain from confusing “acid” or “acidic” with “acid-forming” or “acid-inducing.” They are not the same!

Please reference the following:

Acid or acidic foods

Acid or acidic foods are produced in or by Nature and are healthy. They produce a healthy, clear-colored mucus.

Here’s a short list of acid or acidic foods:

FruitCitrus fruit-oranges, limes, lemons, grapefruit, tangerines, etc.

Vegetables Brussels sprouts, Cress
Seeds Chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds
Nuts Cashews, filberts, macadamia, pecans, walnuts, pistachio, etc.

These foods in their natural state are healthy to consume and do not produce unhealthy mucus (phlegm).

They can be consumed while on a Dherbs.com Full Body Cleanse. These foods help produce healthy mucus (clear mucus) in the body.

Acid-forming or acid-inducing foods

Acid-forming foods are man-made. They produce unhealthy mucus, also known as phlegm. The following foods are acid-forming or acid-inducing:

Meat and Processed Meat ProductsBologna, salami, ham, steak, hamburger, chicken, bacon, fish, turkey, sardines, tuna, pork, pastrami, lamb, lobster, crab, shrimp, etc. Daily Milk, ice cream, butter, sour cream, yogurt, cream, etc.

Dairy Milk, ice cream, butter, sour cream, yogurt, cream, etc.
Eggs Poached, boiled, scrambled, etc.
Refined grains Cake, donuts, cookies, pies, white bread, bagels, crackers, cereals, toast, waffles, pancakes, etc.
Miscellaneous Soda pop, wine, beer, coffee, chocolate, hot cocoa, Kool Aid, candy, lattes, chewing gum, distilled vinegar, canned foods, bottled foods, T.V. Dinners, potato chips, pickles; pharmaceutical drugs (prescription medicine), illegal or illicit drugs, etc.

These foods and beverages are unnatural and are man-made and unhealthy to consume. DHerbs does not recommend eating acid-forming or acid-inducing foods at any time.

Thank you for reading!

This article is compliments of Dherbs.com

2015-08-27T11:56:35+00:00

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    Q: I was wondering in your list you include foods that are classified as acidic (AC). I thought we were to avoid acidic foods so we can stay alkaline or do we need some acidic foods? I am guessing that there is a better explanation but please let me know. My partner and I have changed our diet after watching your videos and Dr Sebi’s video and we are very curious about this.

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