Foxy asked:

I looked at Acid-Alkaline Spices and Herbs Food Chart. But I could not find paprika. Is "Paprika" an acidity spice(herb) or is it alkaline? [1]

So I thought my answer was a good solution:

The good news is that Paprika is listed under the Very Alkaline column. Because it has a PRAL value in that chart of -36.33. But that is for 100 grams. So, in practice, it will not add a big alkaline PRAL score to your daily diet.

But not a perfect answer. Because I questioned the usefulness of looking for high alkaline spices such as paprika. When they make such a small contribution to our total food intake.

Then it gets worse because Patricia asked:

We were instructed by a doctor to go onto a low acid diet not for digestive problems but for prostate problems and urinary problems. I am struggling to find spices and/or herbs to flavor bland foods. From what I have read fennel, ginger, mustard, turmeric, licorice, and white pepper are possibilities. Am I correct and are there any others.

Anyway, my response to that addition is lost. But I'm not convinced that discussing alkaline herbs and spices is necessary. Because they don't contribute enough to our total diet to be worth considering. In fact, micromanaging alkalinity at this level can actually distract us from getting healthy alkaline eating patterns. So perhaps the perfect answer to "Is paprika acidic or alkaline" is to ignore the question because it's pointless. In that case, I should probably replace  Acid-Alkaline Spices and Herbs Food Chart with better advice on how to focus on alkaline diet facts that are important.

What do you think?


[1] Foodary forum archive.

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