Caribbean Alkaline Food Chart

The list represents foods that makes up the current Caribbean diet.
The Caribbean diet has been rapidly changing over the last 20 years.
 
More fast and processed foods have been introduced into the diet.
 
The typical Caribbean food plate used to be plant based.
The chart shows that the historical Caribbean diet was heavily alkaline forming.

 Research shows that an Alkaline forming diet results in better health.

Both Acid and Alkaline forming foods are required for healthy diet; more Alkaline

than acid. 

Highly Acidic

Moderately Acidic

Slightly Acidic to Neutral

Neutral to Slightly Alkaline

Moderately Alkaline

Extremely Alkaline

~pH ≤5.5

~pH 6.0 ≤ 6.5

~pH 6.5 ≤ 7.0

~pH 7.0 ≤ 7.5

~pH 7.5 ≤ 8.5

~pH >8.5

Beer

Cream of Wheat

Whole-grain bread

Buttermilk

Avocado

Lemon

Coffee

Ketchup

Cheeses (mild & crumbly)

Soy milk

Apples

Limes

Liquor

Mayonnaise

Egg whites

Soy cheese

Ripe Bananas

Mangoes

Tea (black)

Soy sauce

Milk (homogenized)

Duck eggs

Grapefruit

Melons

Cocoa

Cheese (sharp)

Goat’s milk (homogenized)

Tea (herbal, green)

Oranges

Papaya

Carbonated soft drinks

Eggs(whole)

Yogurt (unsweetened)

Water

Guavas

Seedless grapes (sweet)

Malt

Yogurt (sweetened)

Fruit juice (unsweetened, natural)

Ginseng

Grapes (sour)

Raisin

Ice cream

Tapioca

Water (spring)

Coconut oil (raw)

Sorrel

Cantaloupe

Chocolate

Rice (brown, basmati)

Alcohol

Cod liver oil

Currants

Passion fruit

Candy

Wine

Corn oil

Olive oil

Flax seed

Pineapple

Custard

Mandarin

Margarine

Flax oil

Pumpkin

Water melon

Brazil nuts

Pineapple

Mustard

Honey

Sweet corn (fresh)

Tangerine

Beef

Pomegranate

Butter (salted)

Banana (ripe)

Beet

Cucumber

Pork

Wheat

Apricots (dried)

Cherry, sour

Broccoli

Parsley

Goat

Pasta (whole grain)

Prunes

Coconut, fresh

Cabbage

Seaweeds

Lamb

Duck

Black currant

Tofu

Cauliflower

Asparagus

Chicken

Fresh water fish

Cornmeal

Almond

Carrots

Onion

Turkey

Ocean fish

Farina

Oats

Lettuce

Lentils

Rabbit

Canned food

Honey (pasteurized)

Sesame seeds

Spinach

Sweet potato

Sardines (canned)

Cereals

Dried beans (kidney etc)

Okra

Peas (fresh sweet)

Mineral water

Tuna (canned)

Corn & rice breads

Black-eyed peas

Egg plant

Green beans

Herbal teas

Lobster

Pastry (wholegrain & honey)

Curry

Tomatoes (sweet)

Celery

Vegetable Juices

Bread (white)

Whole wheat foods

Vanilla

Potatoes

Bell peppers

Baking soda

Pastries & cakes

Microwaved foods

Nutmeg

Yams

Cayenne pepper

Sea salt

Sugar

Peanut butter (raw, organic)

Dried fruit

Bok Choy

Garlic

Olive oil

Table salt

Peanuts

Dried coconut

Cauliflower

Oregano

 

Artificial sweetener

Popcorn (with salt & butter)

Coconut

Green cabbage

Ginger (fresh)

 

Yeast

Fruit juice (sweetened)

Guava

Lettuce

Spices

 

White vinegar

Wine

Cherry, sweet

Peas, fresh

Breadfruit

 

Jams & Jellies

Molasses

Tomatoes

Peppers

Dasheen

 

Flour (white & wheat)

Lard

Wild duck

Pumpkins (raw)

Arrowroot

 

Pasta

Sugar (white)

Liver

Red cabbage

Potatoes (with skin)

 

White rice

Sugarcane

Shell fish

Rhubarb stalks

  

Fried foods

Canned vegetable

Crackers (unrefined)

Seaweed

  

Cigarettes

Frozen vegetable

Seeds (pumpkin & sunflower)

Chives

  
 

Bananas (green)

Popcorn & butter

Thyme

  
  

Cashews

Watercress

  
  

Pistachios

Ginseng

  
  

Brazil nuts

   
  

Cashews

   
  

Hazelnut

   
  

Walnuts

   
  

Flax seeds

   
  

Pumpkin seeds

   
  

Sunflower seeds

   
  

Maple Syrup

   
  

Sweet potatoes

   
  

Cooked vegetables (all kinds)

   
  

Vinegar

   
  

Gelatin

   

 

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