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Gout Diet

Food Acidity & Alkaline Scale

By August 9, 2022No Comments3 min read

Dietary effects on health and gout may be one of the most difficult areas to comprehend, and we are constantly learning new things. For far too long, we have been fixated on specific food triggers and purine counts. Food selection is critical. However, in terms of actual purines in food, they only account for about 30% of uric acid production. The larger and frequently overlooked picture would be a lack of pH balance in each meal, unhealthy food choices, high-heat cooking methods, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, and an excess of processed and now genetically modified selections in the typical diet.

Each meal in a healing diet should have an 80% alkaline to 20% acidic food balance. Once healed, a healthy body can be maintained with a 60/40 balance. Aiming for a 70/30 ratio is optimal and more realistic in the long run. When you eat something, your body uses the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals in the food and discards the parts that aren’t useful. There is a portion that is digested but not immediately used; this is referred to as “ash.” It’s similar to the ash left over from burning a log in your fireplace. This ash can be either acidic or alkaline. Although the food itself may have been acidic, the ash from fruits and vegetables is alkaline.

Acidic & Alkaline Food Chart

Highly Alkaline

pH 9.5 alkaline water
Himalayan salt
Grasses
Cucumber
Kale
Kelp
Spinach
Parsley
Broccoli
Sprouts (soy, alfalfa etc)
Sea Vegetables (Kelp)
Green drinks
All Sprouted Beans
Sprouts

Moderately Alkaline

Avocado
Beetroot
Capsicum/Pepper
Cabbage
Celery
Collard/Spring Greens
Endive
Garlic
Ginger
Green Beans
Lettuce
Mustard Greens
Okra
Onion
Radish
Red Onion
Rocket/Arugula
Tomato
Lemon
Lime
Butter Beans
Soy Beans
White Haricot Beans
Chia/Salba
Quinoa

Mildly Alkaline

Artichokes
Asparagus
Brussels Sprouts
Cauliflower
Carrot
Chives
Courgette/Zucchini
Leeks
New Baby Potatoes
Peas
Rhubarb
Swede
Watercress
Grapefruit
Coconut
Buckwheat
Quinoa
Spelt
Lentils
Tofu
Other Beans & Legumes
Goat & Almond Milk
Most Herbs & Spices
Avocado Oil
Coconut Oil
Flax Oil/ Udo’s Oil

Neutral/ Mildly Acidic

Black Beans
Chickpeas/Garbanzos
Kidney Beans
Seitan
Cantaloupe
Currants
Fresh Dates
Nectarine
Plum
Sweet Cherry
Watermelon
Amaranth
Millet
Oats/Oatmeal
Spelt
Soybeans
Rice/Soy/Hemp Protein
Freshwater Wild Fish
Rice & Soy Milk
Brazil Nuts
Pecan Nuts
Hazel Nuts
Sunflower Oil
Grapeseed Oil

Moderately Highly

Fresh, Natural Juice
Ketchup
Mayonnaise
Butter
Apple
Apricot
Banana
Blackberry
Blueberry
Cranberry
Grapes
Mango
Mangosteen
Orange
Peach
Papaya
Pineapple
Strawberry
Brown Rice
Oats
Rye Bread
Wheat
Wholemeal Bread
Wild Rice
Wholemeal Pasta
Ocean Fish

Highly Acidic

Alcohol
Coffee & Black Tea
Fruit Juice (Sweetened)
Cocoa
Honey
Jam
Jelly
Mustard
Miso
Rice Syrup
Soy Sauce
Vinegar
Yeast
Dried Fruit
Beef
Chicken
Eggs
Farmed Fish
Pork
Shellfish
Cheese
Dairy
Artificial Sweeteners
Syrup
Mushroom