What is the difference between alkaline and acidic foods?

The difference between alkaline and acidic foods is determined by the pH level of that food; the closer you are to 0, the more acidic a food is. Watch surgery specialist James "Butch" Rosser Jr., MD, explain the level that will keep you in balance.
Ms. Ashley Koff, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
The difference between acidic and alkaline foods is what they do inside the body; foods are acid or alkaline-forming. Watch dietician me explain the difference and why alkaline-forming foods create a healthier environment for digestion.

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Eating a variety of foods each day that are low in fat and calories ensures you get proper nutrition and nutrients like folate, magnesium and iron. Calcium, fiber, potassium and selenium are other nutrients essential for wellness, ...

growth, development, cell repair and disease prevention. Colorful foods, such as fruits and vegetables, are often the richest sources of nutrients. Taking a multivitamin once daily is a good way to supplement your diet.

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