Potential Renal Acid Load (PRAL) Calculator

by Paleo Rob on 07/09/2010

The thing I love about the Paleo/Primal diet/lifestyle is how easy it is when compared to other diets. A diet shouldn’t be something scientific, or something hard to follow. A paleo/primal dieter who follows the basic tenets can be followed WITHOUT measuring, weighing, counting or calculating any food quantities and calories, can lose serious weight and get seriously healthy.561d0820-00a9-4c9e-9c7e-e1a3cbca9c68

That being said, being a very inquisitiveness type of person, I will do a quick calorie and macro-nutrient check on some of my favourite meals. There are countless online tools to do that on the web. Sometimes however I would like to do a check on the Potential Renal Acid Load (PRAL) of my everyday meals.

The PRAL is essentially how much acids are ending up in your kidneys. The more acids that arrive, the more calcium must be pulled out of your bones to neutralise it, which promotes bone demineralisation. For a much more in depth explanation to what I am talking about, please read Professor Cordains post on the subject.http://thepaleodiet.com/nutritional_tools/acid.shtml

To simply things for myself (I am really lazy) I have put together an excel spreadsheet which, based on the amount of the type of food, calculates your overall PRAL for a meal.

Get the Spreadsheet!

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Joe Crowder March 10, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Thanks for the spreadsheet. I was in the process of making my own when I stumbled upon this site……..you saved me a lot of time!

Best regards.
Joe Crowder


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