I've been lurking on and off for while, and decided once again to try to go raw. I've been eating a bunch of really poopy foods lately (fast foods, fatty foods, fast easy horrible for you foods) and wanted to do a detox/cleanse before trying to incorporate more raw foods into my life. I understand that to get all the vitamins and minerals that you need, fruits AND vegetables are required. However, I got slightly confused when reading in a juicing/detoxing book about eating primarily vegetables to maintain an alkaline pH (where fruits will give a more acidic pH due to higher sugar content). The last time I tried to go raw I ate lots of fruits. I'm just a bit confused and any help would be appreciated.
P.S. I've been a vegetarian on and off (on for over 2 years now) for about 10 years, so I love fruits and veggies (and carbs... my weakness) I just would like some insight.
Hey Cat, i wouldnt get too hung up on the acid/alkaline theory it is pretty flawed, teh body has redundant systems to keep PH in check or the best part of the population would be suffering acidosis. Not only that most of these sites sell harmful products to manipulate parts of the body which are meant to remain acidic to function such as the intestine. Without sufficient stomach acid you wont digest foods and opportunistic organism such as candida can flourish.
But there is no harm basing your diet around alkaline foods as most if not all of these are healthy foods anyway such as vegetables, rich in minerals etc. Both are needed like you say fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, seaweeds etc are some of the main foods on a raw lifestyle.