If you’re looking to cut down your body’s acid levels to protect your teeth and improve your overall health, you’re in luck. We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 most acidic foods on the market — some of which might surprise you.
Many store-bought dressings have a high acid content. The good news? Pairing them with alkaline vegetables like lettuce will neutralize the negative effects they can have on your teeth.
Most vegetables are only slightly acidic, but tomatoes (with all their seedy goodness) trigger acidic reactions in the body. So eat them with alkaline foods like pasta or bread.
Blackberries, blueberries, cherries, grapes — all of these good-for-you fruits are highly acidic. Though they’re harsh on your teeth, that doesn’t mean you should stop eating them. Simply rinse your mouth with water after consumption to neutralize the acid they leave behind on your teeth.
While wine is one of the more healthy alcohols someone can consume, the tannins in the beverage can cause acidity in the body. Always drink one glass of water for every glass of wine.
Soft drinks and carbonated beverages
These beverages increase the amount of stomach acid your body produces, which can cause all sorts of problems. While you don’t have to cut them from your diet entirely, reduce how many cans of pop you drink.
Not only does coffee dehydrate your system (which can increase the body’s acidity), but the beans are naturally acidic too. Make sure to enjoy your coffee with an acid-neutralizing cup of milk or cream.
Lemons are highly acidic but also incredibly detoxifying and good for your body. The key is to dilute lemon with a neutral, alkaline substance like water.
Most cured foods (meaning those preserved in vinegar) will be slightly more acidic than others, since vinegar is an acidic substance. So eat pickles in moderation.
Whether freshly squeezed or store bought, many fruit juices are highly acidic. If you like to consume them in the morning or after a workout, neutralize a juice’s acidic effects by watering it down or sipping on it through a straw.
Although these items make some foods more palatable, processed sweeteners are likely to produce an acidic reaction in a woman’s body.