recently posted their list of the top 27 alkaline foods on the planet. There is a trend today for more healthy diets and healthy lifestyles and one of the key messages we see repeatedly is the need for a more alkaline diet. This is because an acidic environment benefits disease taking hold and spreading. A lot of articles talk about the beneficial effect a more alkaline body has on limiting cancer, for example.
The problem lies with processed “quick and easy” foods, fast foods, and genetically modified foods. They put our bodies through a lot in just one day. It’s not just about the horrible ingredients that go into everything out there (things that aren’t even food in some cases); it’s also about what this food is doing to our body’s pH levels.
The human body is meant to be an alkaline organism, and if you’re putting too much junk food in, chances are you’re also eating too many acidic foods. When we eat acidic foods, our blood pH can change from a normal alkaline level to a harmful acidic level. This will affect the immune system and make us more susceptible to disease.
Even if you are not worried about your blood pH levels, these alkaline foods will help your body for many other reasons and can add to your overall wellbeing and are great for a healthy diet.
Most people already recognise that Lebanese cuisine is healthy as it has many elements of the Mediterranean diet and has helped propel it to the top 6 cuisines in London this year (according to TimeOut). By adding the alkalizing element to the equation we see further evidence that Lebanese cuisine is becoming a ‘superfood’ choice of healthy dining without compromising taste or variety.
Of the list of 27 alkaline foods listed, 17 appear in Meejana’s menu and smoothies, and a couple of others are used in some of our catering and special events. If you’re looking to eat healthily, eat Lebanese at Meejana!
|Swiss Chard||Anti-bacterial and anti-viral, counteracts free radicals.|
|Melon||Cleansing, high fibre. 92% water.|
|Buckwheat||Improves energy, and beneficial for cardiovascular health.|
|Olive Oil||Rich in vitamin E and monounsaturated fatty acids.|
|Flax Seed||High in fiber and vitamin E. Can reduce inflammation and hot flushes.|
|Avocado||Healthy monounsaturated fats for a healthy heart|
|Banana||An excellent superfood|
|Berries||High in antioxidants|
|Carrots||Contain beta-carotene and beneficial to eyesight.|
|Garlic||Has the power to regulate blood pressure.|
|Grapes||High in multivitamins and antioxidants, grapes can lower blood pressure.|
|Pineapple||Can help with weight loss.|
|Alfalfa Sprouts||Rich in enzymes to keep your hormones balanced.|
|Lemons||One of the most alkalizing food, lemons also aid in cold, cough and flu relief.|
|Sauerkraut||Fermented foods add probiotics to your diet.|
|Grapefruit||Good source of vitamin A and C.|
|Seaweed||Contains iron and is a powerful acid reducer.|
|Quinoa||Helps maintain healthy blood sugars.|
|Cucumber||Its 90% water content will keep your skin healthy and youthful.|
|Parsley||Will clean the intestines.|
|Mango||Great for cleansing the colon.|
|Spinach||The ultimate, vitamin-packed vegetable.|
|Oranges||Great for clearing a cold.|
|Papaya||A natural laxative to keep your colon clean.|