When we talk about macrobiotic diet it is just like yin and yang foods, although these are complex categories, one of the aspects of their influence on the formation of acid or base environment in our body. In order to maintain optimum health, blood pH should be basic.
It is best that our meals contain foods that cause no excessive acidity and no excessive alkalinity of the body. Of course, the meal may include foods that are highly acidic or highly basic, but they must be balanced and should not be consumed in a large amount and not too often.
The following classification can help you find your way around as to which foods contribute to the acidity and alkalinity of the body.
Foods that make the organism extremely basic (yang)
Seaweed, lemon, celery, date palm fruit , grapes, figs, herbal teas (more of them), agar agar, melon, watermelon, peppers, kudzu, parsley, watercress.
Sour cream, cow’s milk, yogurt (plain), whey (cheese), butter (unsalted), oils (except olive)
Foods that make the organism extremely acidic (yin)
White bread, rolls and cakes, white flour, refined grains (for example, white or polished rice), peanuts, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, carbonated soft drinks, sweetened fruit juices, artificial sweeteners, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, fish, cranberries, prunes, unrefined wheat cream, egg cream (with white sugar), sweetened yogurt, ice cream, jams, jellies, lamb, processed maple syrup, molasses (sulfur), industrial pickles, seafood, sugar, refined and iodized salt, black tea, nuts, wine vinegar.
At the other end of the spectrum, white bread and pastries, meats and other similar foods in the digestive process causing an extremely acidic reaction. It is not difficult to notice that just foods that are here marked as highly acidic diet are prevalent today. Therefore, in many people acidity of the body is increased and it is generally a good base for the development of various disorders.