Found some reading material, including buffering mechanisms and PRAL / acidic load calculation method.
PRAL calculation: .49*protein (grams) + .037*phosphorus (mg) - .021*potassium (mg) - .026*magnesium (mg) - .013*calcium (mg)
Strange that it doesn't take into account acids like citric acid, acetic acid, oxalic acid etc. (or are they all broken down during digestion?).
So, it's protein (regardless of source- animal or plant) & phosphorus (regardless of source) that are acidifying. Fat and carbs have nothing to do with it. (both have a PRAL of 0 - ZERO - NULL)
As such, anyone saying that veggie protein is not acidifying is very NOT smart. Since protein is protein and 100% acidic.
Since as strength athletes we need a lot more protein, and since as a vegan one will probably have to resort to protein supplements (which are 100% acidic. Ha ha), they'll probably get a sheet-load more of an acidic load.
What the tables tell us:
-Buckwheat, wheat, oats and grains are acidic.
-Some beans (white & lima) are actually very basic. White beans can actually be twice as basic as spinach!
-Most nuts are acidic.
-Raisins and dried fruit are also very basic
-Milk (not cheese) is ~neutral
-Meat, eggs and cheese are acidic. (parmesan and other very hard cheeses are VERY acidic)
Morale: Since the body's buffering mechanisms REQUIRE calcium (or other minerals) (phosphate buffering system; uses 85% calcium) AND/OR protein (protein buffering system)(basic physiology), it makes sense to eat some basic foods in order to spare minerals and proteins...
White beans, spinach and dried fruit are very calcium (and probably magnesium and potassium, and protein) sparing. Avocados, beet & turnip greens, kiwi, leeks, chard, sweet potatoes and kale, also.
Or...one could simply take a high-potency mineral supplement. PRALs: 1g of magnesium = -26 ; 1 g of potassium = - 21 ; 1 g of calcium = -13
Or...better yet (covers your bases and pisses of vegans)... bone broth! Why eat a salad when you can simply eat even MORE of an animal?
Why on Earth would one eat dog or cat (or rabbit, which is even leaner) when he can eat fatty meats like pork or beef??? Protein + T-building cholesterol and sat fat + quality calories, all in one package.
Disclaimer: I don't have anything against vegans, just like none of us do, I don't tell non-militant vegans to eat meat (well, around here there aren't many), militant vegans are too brain-washed and evil to care about them (and they'll probably soon be sterile due to too much soy), no vegan pissed me off (recently at least), but it's fun to make fun of vegans. Since so many are hippie soy-sippin' barbell-dreadin' 10"-armed couch potatoes or marathon runners.