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Are Salad Greens High in Oxalate?

Not All Salads Are Created Equal: Understanding Oxalates

Spinach is a salad staple, but its high oxalate content can be a concern for some. Oxalates can bind to minerals like calcium, reducing absorption and potentially leading to kidney stones in those prone to them.

Good News: Plenty of Tasty, Low-Oxalate Greens Exist!

Swap spinach for options like these to reduce oxalate intake:

  • Lettuce varieties (romaine, bibb, etc.)

  • Kale

  • Cabbage

  • Bok Choy

  • Arugula

  • Collard Greens

  • Mustard Greens

Bottom Line: If you're watching your oxalate intake (especially if you're at risk for kidney stones), a delicious, healthy salad doesn't have to mean a pile of spinach. Get creative with lower-oxalate greens!

Important Note: Always talk to your doctor about the best diet for your individual health needs.

Last updated: May 20, 2024 16:02 PM