What are Oxalates?

December 14, 2021 2 min read

What are Oxalates?

Oxalate or oxalic acid is in leafy greens and other plants. Aside from leafy greens, it's in nuts, seeds, fruits, and cocoa. Generally, the benefits of these foods outweigh the risk of these plant-based foods for most people, but there may be reasons why you may want to cut down on oxalic acid.

What Is An Oxalate?

Oxalic is an organic acid found in plants and organically in the body. It usually binds to minerals in plants to form oxalate.

Oxalate is an antinutrient. An antinutrient may interfere with the absorption of vitamins and minerals in foods. When you consume Oxalates, they can bind to minerals in the body like iron and calcium. This process can happen in the urinary tract, kidneys, or colon.

Oxalates are cleansed from the body when you use the bathroom. Some individuals are more sensitive to oxalic acids and can experience health problems including, kidney stones.

One of the concerns with oxalates is they can bind to minerals in your stomach and thus hinder the absorption of the mineral. Oxalates do not fuse with all minerals, which is why a well-balanced diet is crucial.

Foods High In Oxalic Acid

Some individuals are sensitive to oxalates. If you are experiencing any health-related problems, the doctor may suggest a low oxalate diet. Here are some foods that are high in oxalates:

● Dates

● Beets

● Spinach

● Potatoes

● Almonds

● Navy beans

● Raspberries 

● Soy products


Foods Low In Oxalates

● Cherries

● Blueberries

● Kidney beans

● Kale and broccoli

● Pumpkin and sunflower seeds

The Benefits of Cherries

One of the foods low in oxalates is cherries. If you want to cut down on oxalic acid, cherries are a perfect addition to your diet.

● High in antioxidants

● Good for heart health

● Have anti-inflammatory properties

● They may help improve symptoms of arthritis

● They are abundant in vitamins, minerals, and fibre

Cherry juice is an easy way to consume cherries. Our Cherry Juice & Herbs contains no artificial ingredients, is grown and packed here in Australia and is high in antioxidants, vitamins, and anthocyanins. It can help with joint health and may help relieve the symptoms of arthritis and gout.

Oxalic acid is a natural compound of fruits and vegetables. Adding Cherry Juice & Herbs to your daily health routine can help meet your nutritional needs and give you the boost you need to get through the day.

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