Low Oxalate Diet?

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TVEditor
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   Posted 3/19/2010 5:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone have a link to a reputable web site with good info on a Low Oxalate Diet? My doc gave me http://www.webmd.com/ and it does list some good/bad foods but after searching the web for other sites, I found many contradictions and disagreements.

ie. one site says that coffee is bad and tea is good but another site says instant coffee AND tea are bad.

I'm confused.
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ErinG
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   Posted 3/22/2010 12:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Chris,
 
I too have had trouble finding one good list to go by when it comes to a low oxalate diet, a lot of the information is contradictory.  This is one provided by the lab that diagnosed my stone type http://www.litholink.com/downloads/Stone_LowOxalateDiet.pdf.  It is a little more comprehensive than the list my doctor gave me.  There is another list out there that is pretty good and lists almost any kind of food you can imagine and whether it is high, medium, low oxalate in a pdf file http://ohf.org/diet.html.  I was able to get the Low Oxalate Cookbook through interlibrary loan (because it is out of print and very expensive to find a copy), but I honestly haven't made any of the recipes.  The recipes seem similar to traditional ones I already have, they just have low-oxalate ingredient substitutions.
 
I find it particularly challenging to maintain a healthy diet AND have it be low oxalate.  Most of the high oxalate foods are vegetables and grains and it gets very frustrating.  My biggest frustration is tomotoes...some sources say it's high, others say it's no so bad....I say I love them too much to give them up completely, so I have just cut back.  There is no way I am giving up red sauce!
 
- Erin
29 year old female (full-time accountant/part-time student)
Dx'd 2009:  Primary Sjogren's Syndrome, distal RTA, bilateral nephrocalcinosis (calcium-oxalate), chronic interstitial nephritis, Stage 3 CKD, Raynaud's Phenomenon
Rx:  Cellcept 500mg 2x/d, Plaquenil 200mg 2x/d, Prednisone 12.5mg/d (tapering), Urocit-K 3mEq 3x/d, hydrochlorothiazide 12.5mg/d, potassium chloride 20mEq/d, Restasis, Numoisyn, Nystatin 
 


TVEditor
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   Posted 3/22/2010 12:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, it's tricky juggling nutrition, taste and health restrictions especially with contradictory information. If I ever find a definitive site or other source, I'll pass it on.

Thanks Erin :)
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TVEditor
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   Posted 3/24/2010 5:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Still confused about some foods/beverages. I read a study that said a cup of tea a day helps keep new calcium stones from forming but on other lists of no-no foods, tea is listed as one of the worst. Some studies say that coffee is bad but others don't. Is it the caffeine that determines the oxalate level? Is de-caf OK? ... or is it the fact that both tea and coffee are diarrheatics? (sp?)
Chris - Forum Moderator, Diabetes

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~ Diabetes under control / no meds - so far - knock on head

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ErinG
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   Posted 3/24/2010 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   
From what I've read, black tea has a high oxalate content, while green and oolong teas are not quite as high. Herbal tea has hardly any oxalate, but then again it doesn't taste like tea to me! I have cut caffeine out of my diet, so if I do drink tea it is decaf green tea. It doesn't hold a candle to Earl Grey, though. I especially miss iced tea.
29 year old female (full-time accountant/part-time student)
Dx'd 2009:  Primary Sjogren's Syndrome, distal RTA, bilateral nephrocalcinosis (calcium-oxalate), chronic interstitial nephritis, Stage 3 CKD, Raynaud's Phenomenon
Rx:  Cellcept 500mg 2x/d, Plaquenil 200mg 2x/d, Prednisone 12.5mg/d (tapering), Urocit-K 3mEq 3x/d, hydrochlorothiazide 12.5mg/d, potassium chloride 20mEq/d, Restasis, Numoisyn, Nystatin 
 


Mikeinnc
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   Posted 5/7/2010 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   
You might ask your doctor about Potassium Citrate, you need a prescription for it. It is a urinary alkalizer. calcium oxylate stones form when your urine is too acidic. and really has no side effects.

TVEditor
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   Posted 5/8/2010 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I've heard of this but forgot to ask my doctor about it. Thanks Mike.
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meebzorp
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   Posted 8/4/2012 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
ErinG,

There's another good cookbook that won't break the bank here:

http://www.thevpfoundation.org/vpfcookbook.htm
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