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Is it best to eat alkaline foods?

 

Q. Greetings, I have been reading about alkaline and alkaline-producing foods, especially fruits. All charts show watermelon to be very alkaline, though one site made the distinction that it is seeded watermelons that are alkaline; whereas, seedless are slightly acidic. I have not been able to find that website again and am wondering why the difference and if you have ever heard of that. Thank You

 

A. What we know is that the pH scale ranges from 0-14 with anything less than 7 considered acidic and 7 and above alkaline. Watermelon (seedless or not is unknown) has a pH range of 5.18-5.60 and is a lower acidic fruit than other options. However, it’s important to consider the health benefits of eating fruit before nixing them from your diet because of pH levels. There is a claim that alkaline-producing diets counteract acidity and help the body regulate its pH. However research on this topic is very limited. Fruits provide and abundance of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber which are all crucial for body function and health. Before making any changes, talk with your doctor about the benefits and risks of limiting a food group.

 
 
 
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