Low Oxalate Diets

General Information:

A low oxalate diet means eating foods that to not have much oxalate. Oxalates are chemicals found in plant foods but not in animal foods. Some people are more likely to form kidney stones if they eat foods high in oxalates. You may need to follow a low oxalate diet if you have kidney stones or short bowel syndrome. If you do not absorb fat well, you may also need to use this diet.


Drink 1 cup (8 ounces) of water or other liquids every hour during the day. If you awaken during the night drink another cup of liquid. One cup of liquid is also the same as a small milk carton. Drink only 1 cup of coffee a day, if you drink coffee. Limit your cola drinks to 1 can a day. Follow your Doctor's advice when drinking alcohol. If you take vitamin C, do not take more than 1000 mg (1 gram) each day. Do not eat the foods on the high oxalate food list. The foods on the moderate oxalate list may be eaten 3 to 5 times each week. You may eat foods on the low oxalate list as often as you like.

High Oxalate Foods

(foods to avoid or to eat only in small amounts)

Chocolate milk Dark beers Tea
Chocolate drink mixes Hot cocoa  

Berries of all kinds Fruit cocktail Marmalade
Rhubarb Juices from these fruits Currants
Lemon, lime, orange peels Purple grapes Tangerine

Beans: green, wax, dried Beets and beet greens Celery
Eggplant Green peppers Okra
Spinach Watercress Chives
Escarole Kale Parsley
Summer Squash Vegetable soup Cucumbers
Greens of all kinds Leeks Rutabagas
Swiss Chard Tomato soup  

Fruit cake Soybean products Sweet potatoes
Grits Wheat germ & bran

Meat & Meat Substitutes
Baked beans in tomato sauce Peanut butter Tofu

Fats & Oils
Nuts: peanuts, almonds, pecans, cashews & walnuts Nut butters sesame seeds

Carbo Chocolate Cocoa


(eat these foods 3 to 5 times each week)

Wine: red white or rose
(3 to 4 ounces or small wine glass)

Apricots Cranberry juice Peaches
Prunes Jelly/jam with these fruits Black currants
Grape juice Pears Purple plums
Cherries, sour Orange: fruit or juice Pineapple

1/2 Cup (1/2 handful),
cooked vegetables
or 1 cup (full handfill),
raw vegetables
Carrots Lettuce Tomato 1 small
4 ounces (1/2 cup) Tomato juice Corn Lima beans
Brussel sprouts Greenpeas, canned Parsnips

Meat & Meat Substitute

Cornbread Spaghetti sauce Sponge cake


(eat these foods as often as you like)

Milk: all types
Lemonade or Limeade without added vitamin C Light beer

All those not listed above Juices jams
jellies & preserves of these allowed fruits    

Avacado Mushrooms Peas (fresh/frozen)
Cabbage Onions Potatoes
Cauliflower Radishes  

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