Sticking to a low acid or alkaline diet can be tricky when you don't know whether some of the drinks you're consuming are acidic or alkaline.
Fruits and veggies are generally healthy for you, but many of your favorite fruits and veggies, while beneficial, are acidic.
If you experience acid reflux or heartburn, avoiding these juices may be a good idea or consuming them in moderation.
Here's a variety of juices ranked from the most acidic to the least.
Table of Contents
- 1. Lemon Juice
- 2. Lime Juice
- 3. Blueberry Juice
- 4. Cranberry Juice
- 5. Grapefruit Juice
- 6. Cherry Juice
- 7. Grape Juice
- 8. Apple Juice
- 9. Orange Juice
- 10. Peach Juice
- 11. Pineapple Juice
- 12. Pear Juice
- 13. Pomegranate Juice
- 14. Guava Juice
- 15. Prune Juice
- 16. Tomato Juice
- 17. Coconut Water
- 18. Papaya Juice
- 19. Celery Juice
- 20. Mango Juice
- 21. Cucumber Juice
- 22. Carrot Juice
- 23. Beet Juice
- 24. Wheatgrass Juice
- 25. Acai Berry Juice
1. Lemon Juice
I feel like this probably goes without saying, but lemon juice is very acidic. The pH level of lemon juice is 2, which makes it one of the most acidic beverages and fruits known to man.
While you're probably not squeezing a ton of lemons into a glass and drinking it, limiting the amount of lemon juice you put in your water or even lemonade will prevent you from experiencing any discomfort.
2. Lime Juice
Following closely behind lemon juice as the most acidic juice is lime juice. Similar to lemon juice, you're probably not squeezing dozens of limes and drinking the juice by itself, but watching the amount you put in water and other drinks is something you'll want to do. Depending on the limes, their pH is generally 2 to 2.3.
3. Blueberry Juice
Blueberry juice isn't the most popular juice on the market, but if you're into juicing your own fruits and veggies at home, juicing blueberries has probably crossed your mind.
If you plan on making or buying blueberry juice, the acidity level may make you change your mind.
Blueberry juice has a pH of 2.5 to 2.9, making it barely less acidic than lemon and lime juice.
4. Cranberry Juice
Cranberry juice is known to have many health benefits if you're drinking pure cranberry juice and not a cranberry juice cocktail.
While it has some excellent nutrients, the acidity can be unhealthy depending on how much you drink. Most cranberry juices have a pH of 2.6, which is still incredibly acidic.
Cranberry juice pH: 2.6
5. Grapefruit Juice
Most citrus fruits have a pretty high level of acidity due to their tartness. Grapefruits are not an exception to this statement.
If you love a glass of grapefruit juice with breakfast, you may want to rethink how often you're drinking it. This type of juice has a pH of 2.9.
6. Cherry Juice
Another uncommon juice you'll find in the store is cherry juice. If you're thinking about juicing cherries or buying cherry juice, keep in mind that the acidity in the juice is high. The pH is around 3.
7. Grape Juice
Grape juice is delicious, regardless of if it's traditional purple grape juice or white grape juice.
Unfortunately, grape juice is acidic, with a pH that ranges from 3 to 4. But, anything in moderation is usually okay.
8. Apple Juice
Depending on the brand or what apples you choose to juice yourself, the pH of apple juice can be from 3.53 to 4.
9. Orange Juice
I think orange juice is one of the most popular juices out there because it's sweet, great for breakfast, and an excellent mixer for alcohol. But this citrus fruit produces quite an acidic juice. Orange juice's pH can range from 3.3 to 4.
10. Peach Juice
When I think of peaches, I tend to believe they are sweeter than oranges, so it was surprising to me to learn that peach juice and orange juice have the same pH range. Peach juice's pH can be 3.3 to 4.
Peach juice pH: 3.3-4
11. Pineapple Juice
Pineapple juice is another delicious juice that goes well with almost anything, including alcohol.
Unsurprisingly, pineapple juice is acidic, with a pH of 3.5. If you plan to mix pineapple juice with liquor, you may want to consider choosing a more neutral or alkaline liquor.
12. Pear Juice
It can be challenging to distinguish the exact pH of most foods and juices, but the pH range is usually very close to one another.
When it comes to pear juice, the pH range is from 3.5 to 4.6. So, pear juice is always acidic, but you may end up with some pear juice that's more acidic than another, depending on the brand you buy or what pears you juice.
13. Pomegranate Juice
Pomegranate juice is somewhat acidic, with a pH of 3.5. But something unique about pomegranate juice is that once it's ingested, the pH changes to 5.5.
This is still an acidic pH rating, but that's significantly less acidic than 3.5 when you first drink it.
14. Guava Juice
Guava is a delicious and unique juice that you can use to switch up the juices you're drinking. But, as with most juices, guava juice is acidic.
Most guava juice products are mixed with other acidic fruits like pineapple and orange, but even guava juice by itself has a pH of 3.6.
15. Prune Juice
I don't know many people who enjoy or regularly drink prune juice, but this juice is acidic if you do. Prune juice has a pH of 3.9.
So it does hit somewhere in the middle of the road when it comes to the acidic side of the pH scale, but it's still acidic at the end of the day.
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16. Tomato Juice
Tomato juice is acidic but probably not as acidic as you may think it is. I personally thought tomato juice would be closer to the acidity level of pineapple or lemons, but the pH of tomato juice is between 4.1 and 4.6.
Tomato juice pH: 4.1-4.6
17. Coconut Water
Before you say that coconut water isn't a juice, it is. Juice is defined as any liquid that comes from a fruit or vegetable, and since coconut water comes from coconuts, it's a juice.
Coconut water is acidic, but it's much closer to a neutral rating than earlier juices on this list. The pH of most coconut water is 5 to 5.4.
18. Papaya Juice
If you're looking for a juice that's not nearly as acidic as your beloved apple or orange juice, papaya juice is a good option.
Papaya juice is still acidic with a pH rating of 5.2, but it's much better for you than a juice with more acidity.
19. Celery Juice
Celery juice has been all the rage lately. There are several health benefits of drinking celery juice every day.
The good news is that if you've been on a celery juice kick, the pH of celery juice ranges from 5.7 to 6. While that's still acidic, it's pretty close to a neutral rating of 7.
20. Mango Juice
Mango is an excellent fruit during summertime, and the juice is just as delicious. Lucky for all you mango and mango juice lovers, mangoes aren't nearly as acidic as it seems to be.
Most mango juice has a pH of 5.8 to 6, but as with most juices, this may vary depending on the brand you buy or the mangoes you choose to juice.
21. Cucumber Juice
Cucumbers are refreshing, and cucumber juice is no different. This refreshing juice is technically acidic, but the pH rating is so close to neutral, it's unlikely you'll have any symptoms of acid reflux.
And if you do, they'll likely be minor. The pH of cucumber juice is 6.2.
22. Carrot Juice
Carrot juice isn't something I enjoy drinking, but apparently, it's a rather popular juice. Carrots are fantastic for you and provide your body with some vital nutrients.
When you juice carrots down, you'll still get all of those wonderful nutrients. Carrot juice is another one that's technically considered acidic with a pH of 6.2, but it's very close to neutral.
23. Beet Juice
Drinking beet juice is a popular choice nowadays. Let's face it. The color is beautiful, and the health benefits are even better.
Athletes and those who work out regularly enjoy drinking beet juice because it can be a natural performance enhancer.
It's even known to help manage blood pressure. The good news is that beet juice is almost neutral. The pH of beet juice is 6.6, only 0.4 off from being neutral.
24. Wheatgrass Juice
Have you ever been to a smoothie shop or a healthy restaurant? You've probably seen wheatgrass shots or something involving what juice is on the menu.
This product literally looks like grass, and they will cut some off and blend it up with water to create wheatgrass juice.
Wheatgrass is known to have significant health benefits, and it may not taste the greatest, but it goes down quickly. Wheatgrass juice is basically neutral even though it's still on the acidic side of the scale. The pH of this juice is 6.7.
25. Acai Berry Juice
Acai berries have been increasingly popular lately due to them being used in acai bowls and various smoothies.
But, if you juice these berries, you end up with a delicious juice that you won't want to put down.
There aren't many resources saying the exact pH of acai berry juice, but professionals have determined that this juice is alkaline.
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