Coffee & Acidity
It’s on YouTube. One of the most well-known “health” gurus actually asked, “Lemons are alkaline? I thought they were acidic?”
This is not surprising. Most health gurus are marketers, and know precious little about health.
Many health gurus think coffee is acidic.
It IS “acidic,” but this has nothing to do with pH (hydrogen ion concentration, zero to 14).
According to Make Good Coffee dot com …
“Acidity in describing coffee actually refers to the very ‘pop’ that makes coffee taste like coffee. It refers to the high notes of coffee, without which your coffee will taste flat. If you’ve ever drank the coffee that was sold at McDonald’s before they started bringing in professional roasters, you’ve had flat coffee. Try to remember the lack of any peak it had, almost a feeling of slight coffee-flavored hot water. That is the opposite of an acidy coffee.”
According to Coffee Nate dot com …
“When people hear someone say that a coffee has acidity, they generally think of it as a negative descriptor. This is likely due to the fact that outside of the coffee world, acidity is defined as ‘sourness or the state of being an acid’. Not really something you attribute to a great cup of coffee! What acidity means in terms of coffee is the presence of a ‘tartness’ or ‘tingle’ on the tongue. That is also what is referred to as being ‘bright’. A coffee’s acidity is graded when a coffee is evaluated, but the acidity is not judged on how bright it is, but how ‘pleasing’ it is. It is quite subjective, and what is ‘pleasing’ to one judge is not necessarily to another. For its subjectivity and multiple definitions, I’m not a fan of scoring coffees based on acidity.”
According to Coffee Glossary for Beginners dot com …
“Acidity in coffee has nothing to do with pH factors, and coffee is a low acidity product ranging between 5 and 6 on the pH scale.”
Low acidity? But isn’t “5 and 6 on the pH scale” acidic?
MORE THAN 99% OF ALL FOODS ARE ACIDIC before they enter the mouth.
Inside the body, it’s a very different story.
Inside the body, pH is determined by the Potential Renal Acid Load (PRAL).
Most foods swing to either side of a pH of 7.
What about coffee? It’s 7 — NEUTRAL.
What about the drug caffeine?
It’s an alkaloid. It’s above 7 — alkaline.
Does acidity “cause” cancer?
Yes, No, Maybe.
The pH of a healthy cell is 6 to 7.2.
The pH of a healthy vagina is 4.7 (more or less).
Impregnation is a lot like cancer — semen is alkaline, counteracting the acidic environment of the vaginal canal.
Why am I called a “contrarian among contrarians?”
It’s because I “search wide.”
I cast my net wider than most other people.
Follow the Money and Know the Source.
It’s a Yes No Maybe Universe.
The exception to the rule can sneak up on your six.