With the multitude of pH Life (alkaline diet) food charts available online, most people find it very confusing trying to determine what exactly is and isn’t a base (alkali, basicity or alkaline) forming food. Some of these Acidity/Basicity (acid/alkaline) charts actually contradict each other (possiblly due to cooked food vs raw food). Rather than create yet another list, that you may or may not have faith in, New LipHe created this handy online PHAB Index Calculator.
PHAB Index Calculator
|USDA Values||Per 100g of Food|
|Calcium – Ca||mg|
|Magnesium – Mg||mg|
|Phosphorus – P||mg|
|Potassium – K||mg|
Positive values tell us a food is alkaline forming.
Negative values are indicative of acid foods.
|Total PHAB Food|
The PHAB Index
The PHAB Index (say “Fab Index” as in “Fabulous Index”), is based on extrapolated formulas from research by Dr. Thomas Remer and Dr. Friedrich Manz, into dietary potential renal acid load and renal net acid excretion. New LipHe formated and presented this information above, in the easy to use PHAB Index. According to the science, the PHAB Index value allows you to know whether the food you are eating is acid or alkaline ash forming (Acidity / Basicity respectively). The PHAB Formula, or Fabulous Formula as we like to call it, is…
| PHAB (mEq/d) = 0.013 X calcium (mg/d) ✚ 0.026 X magnesium (mg/d)
✚ 0.021 X potassium (mg/d) ━ 0.037 X phosphorus (mg/d) ━ 0.49 X protein (g/d)
Positive values tell us a food is alkaline forming. Negative values are indicative of acid foods.
To discover the PHAB Index (Potential Health Acidity / Basicity Index) of a foodstuff requires that we know the amounts of Protein, Calcium (Ca), Magnesium (Mg), Phosphorus (P), and Potassium (K) in 100 grams of the food. Fortunately the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) maintains a website that has the nutritional values of a wide variety of food and drink.
Using the data from the USDA National Nutrient Database and inputting the appropriate values into the fields above, you are able to discover the acid or alkaline forming potential of whatever foodstuff you choose. For anyone interested in the alkaline diet this may prove useful.