Summer, the season of beaches, sun burn, and BBQ, is quickly approaching. One of our favorite perks of the summer are the wide range of seasonal fruits that are available in Philadelphia’s food shed. Fruits are often praised for their high fiber content and essential vitamins but a benefit that is often overlooked is their status as alkaline foods. For those of us who are far removed from Chemistry 101, our body’s pH measures the acidity of the basic fluids in your body. A pH value under 7 indicates you have an acidic body pH, a value over 7 indicates an alkaline pH, and a value around 7 means you have a neutral body pH (LiveStrong). Including more alkaline food in our diets have been associated with better health– less likely to catch a cold or contract disease.
If you’re interested in adding more alkaline foods to your diet this summer, look for some of these fruits at your local farmers market, cooperative or grocery store. For a full list of Pennsylvania’s season produce, click here.
8. Bananas (non-local)
9. Lemons (non-local)
10. Kiwi (non-local)
If fruits are considered alkaline, what foods are considered acidic? Many staples in the modern Western diet are considered acidic foods. Check out the graphic below to take a look at some of the most common. Be sure to include alkaline foods in your daily diet.
Sounds of Summer: As we head into summer, check out this take on DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s classic anthem, “Summertime” via Apparel Music.