Are strawberries acidic or alkaline? Let’s take a closer look…
Despite the fact that strawberries contain some five different kinds of acids (citric acid, ascorbic acid, malic acid, ellagic acid and pantothenic acid), strawberries are categorized as an alkalizing fruit, which means that it has an alkaline effect on your body.
All foods and beverages have a pH measurement, which measures the acidity of foods. Interestingly, food pH and beverage pH may change once they are digested by your body. For example, orange juice has an acidic pH outside of the body, with a pH range of about 3-4. But, once orange juice is metabolized, it will leave alkaline residues in your body. Therefore, the effect of food pH inside your body may be very different than the pH of the food itself.
Those who suffer from problems with heart burn will be able to confidently eat strawberries because it will not exacerbate the problem at all.
A strawberry falls between 3.00 and 3.90 on the pH scale but is considered moderate Alkaline.
The pH of lemon juice for example, ranges from 2.00 to 2.6, making it very acidic, but because it also contains a lot of potassium it’s actually alkalizing in the body and can be used in combination with water as a remedy for people who have problems with acid reflux/heart burn. So if you happen to have this problem, there are many different fruits you will still be able to eat, including strawberries.
To eat a diet with more of an alkaline producing food pH or neutral food pH, increase your intake of fruits and vegetables. Also, since food pH can change inside your body, it’s a good idea to use pH testing strips to test your urine. These testing strips will give you a better idea of what pH effect your diet is having on your body.
In general, you should aim for 75-80 percent alkaline forming foods and 20-25 percent acid forming foods.
So, are strawberries Acidic? No, they are not!
Then, are strawberries Alkaline? Yes, they are moderately alkaline!
4 thoughts on “Are Strawberries Acidic or Alkaline?”
A pH under 7.0 is considered acidic.
There is often misunderstanding of pH outside the body versus inside the body.
Outside the body, strawberries are indeed acidic (pH is below 7). This is a non-issue.
Inside the body however, when strawberries have been fully metabolized and its minerals are dissociated in the bloodstream, its effect is alkalizing and therefore raises the pH of body tissue (pH above 7 is alkaline). Please notice the difference.
A weak acid (pH 4.0 – 7.0) when it comes into contact with strong acid (stomach acid) will act basic. Until they are metabolized you may be optimistic of its alkalinizing effect on the bloodstream but the damage would already have been done in your stomach.
Good point Nelson that doesn’t seem to be in anybody’s consideration . If you have a stomach problem with acid or a bladder issue with acid well then yeah strawberries are acid to those areas doesn’t matter if it’s alkaline in the body that’s not what you’re looking for