Getting Familiar with Oxalate Diet, A picture of a worker who spends most of his/ her working days behind the desk, and after some time complaints about lower back ache is perhaps not new for you. Aching on the lower back under the ribs is a sign that the kidneys are having problems. This can be due to imbalance working routines and meals or even be triggered with a simple condition of dehydration. Lack of water or liquid can make kidneys work harder and get problems. The cases of kidney stone can occur from this condition that happens for some period of time. Bad eating and drinking habit may worsen the situation and increase the risks. Low oxalate diet is a method that helps us preventing kidneys problems.
The Importance of Oxalate Diet
Terminology of oxalates may not be quite familiar for common people like you and me. To call it in a less complicated way, oxalates are elements that living beings like people, floras and faunas have. They kidneys discharge oxalates through urination. They are also known as sodium, that when they go together with calcium may turn into crystals that cause kidney stone. Low oxalate diet is important to prevent crystallizing process. The key to avoid calcium and oxalate to bind together and form crystals is to keep lower level of oxalate in the body. Commonly, this diet only limits sodium consumption into fifty milligrams daily.
There are three variations of meal arrangements in low oxalate diet, including low, moderate and high. American Dietetic Association has established a list of guidance that help patient and ordinary people to recognize which food and drink contain low, moderate and high oxalates. Besides that, if a person has been diagnosed as having calcium stone, it is highly recommended to reduce consumption of sodium as well.
Low Oxalate Food
Below is the group of food and drink sources that contain low oxalate:
• carbohydrate sources are including cereals (both consumed dry and cooked) but with no bran nor nuts mixture; wild rice, egg noodles, rye bread and unsalted crackers
• veggies and fruits allowed in this group are among others: cucumbers, corn, lettuce, mushrooms, brussels sprouts, asparagus, broccoli, kale, potatoes, zucchinis, peppers, onions, peas; papayas, lemon, bananas, apples, avocado, apricots, nectarines, pineapples, strawberry, cranberry, peach, grapes and oranges
• meat , fish and poultry include: chicken, beef, any fish (fresh and preferably unsalted), eggs
• dairy products and variations: ice cream, mayo, butter and margarine
• oils and healthy fats: salad dressing, cooking oil, cream
Moderate & High Oxalate Food
Now, the following food and drink are considered moderate and high in oxalate, hence when you are selecting food for your low oxalate diet, these should be controlled or avoided:
• limit consumption of chocolate (milk, hot, cold, cake, anything) and tea
• occasionally, you may eat prunes, blueberries, mangoes and blackberries
• okay veggies are including: tomatoes, celery, green beans, carrots and turnips
• okay carbs source include: spaghetti and noodles, oatmeal, muffins, brown ricewhite bread and cornmeal
• acceptable fish products include: sardines
• say no to: soy milk, manufactured iced tea, mixes of chocolate drinks; no more kiwis, red currant, dried apricot, plums and figs; beware of eggplant, spinach, tomato paste, okra, leeks, all dark greens, beets; nuts, soybeans, pretzels, whole wheat bread, sweet potatoes, miso, sesame seeds and marmalades
Make sure to control the servings:
• ensure daily liquid intake
• do not excessive in taking up vit C (max. 1,000 mg/ day)
• max of protein consumption 80 grams daily
• max of 2,000 mg salt diet daily