Find Out if Delicious Watermelon is Alkaline?


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When following the alkaline diet, which most nutritionists recommend that your diet is made up of at least 70% alkalizing foods, making sure that you have the right mix of nutrient dense fruits and vegetables is important. Eating alkalizing foods helps to maintain a balanced pH level in the body, which can improve your overall health as well as support weight loss.

What does this mean? The pH level of anything is simply a descriptor of how much acid is found in the item. Anything lower than 7 means the food is acidic, and anything higher than 7 means the food is alkaline (or non-acidic). Watermelon, as with most melons, ranges in acidity based on its ripeness and the riper the better. Its pH can range between 5.2 and 5.8. So that means that watermelon is acidic, right?

Nope.

Although before consumption watermelon, in its varying stages of ripeness, is considered acidic, it actually has an alkalizing effect in the body. This change is more dramatic the riper the fruit and the alkalizing effect can be lessened by cooking the watermelon or adding sugar to it (like many do in a fruit salad). However, on its own, watermelon is a fantastic and nutritional addition to an alkaline diet!