I used to eat huge amounts of spinach..at least a couple cups a day and after a while I wasn't recovering from my workouts and my muscles were always sore. Google searches turned my attention to oxalates. I stopped eating spinach for a couple days and my symptoms improved drastically. Now I'm addicted to sweet potatoes and I'm getting the symptoms again...I would guesstimate I'm eating an average of 400 sweet potatoes calories per day. I just found out that sweet potatoes are high in oxalate as well?
I'm desperate.. I'm okay with eating less spinach but I'm in love with sweet potatoes and I really don't want to give them up.
I've heard calcium supplementation can help neutralize oxalates?
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on July 25, 2012
at 01:00 AM
I had to switch from sweet potatoes to plantains for this very reason. Oxalates seem to mess me up bad (achy joints, bad sleep).
on July 21, 2012
at 10:01 PM
Anecdotal, but I believe I killed off my oxalobacter after some antibiotics and was seriously unable to eat beets without severe pain. I've been trying to eat a bunch of probiotic foods, and don't seem to have trouble with them now. Perhaps I re-introduced it the bacteria? I don't know if I specifically had trouble with sweet potatoes, but I think beets are typically higher in oxalates. Could be worth a shot...good luck!
on July 21, 2012
at 08:55 PM
Here is a good starting site about oxalates. They affect some people, others not so much. I have found my symptoms improve greatly when I avoid them. http://www.lowoxalate.info/ Calcium citrate (without magnesium) is supposed to bind to oxalates in food, but it is usually best to avoid high oxalate foods altogether and stick to low or medium oxalate.
on September 12, 2019
at 10:14 AM
People with some health conditions must control their oxalate intake. Sweet potatoes have elevated oxalate levels. It may cause kidney stones and gout when combining with calcium to form crystals.
on July 24, 2012
at 07:53 PM
If you're just trying to refill glycogen stores, maybe eat a banana instead. They are lower in oxalates (I checked).
on June 18, 2019
at 10:30 AM
Sweet potatoes are considered to be a safe starch on a perfect diet, but in my case, they are not safe. When I started eating sweet potatoes every day. Within some days I limped and neck was stiff. I researched online and I found that sweet potatoes are high in oxalates. These symptoms are gone after one day off these sweet potatoes. So better to reduce the intake of sweet potatoes.
on May 27, 2019
at 04:21 AM
I've been eating extremely clean (grass fed beef, wild caught fish, sweet potatoes, some berries, olive oil and butter) but have been sleeping like crap and have cloudy peeing. Last week I ate a ton of dark chocolate a day and had terrible symptoms so I cut that out and felt a bit better. Ironically this thread was replied to yesterday after doing research on what is going on with my body. I've been eating close to a pound of sweet potatoes every day this year. I'm consuming a ton of oxalates with the root veggie. I'm cutting them out completely. As the months progress I'm getting closer and closer to full on carnivore. Wish me luck!
on May 25, 2019
at 04:10 PM
Someone wrote that plantains are low in oxalates, the oxalate.org database lists them at 524 mg / 100 g, much higher than the database listsings for sweet potato, which range from 28 mg to 240 mg / 100 g. Growing and harvest conditions can affect oxalate content as well as cooking method: boiling will reduce soluble oxalates, but steaming and baking does not change oxalate levels.
One paper reported that taro corm oxalates can be drastically reduces by soaking in a 2% baking soda solution for 20 min. Unfortunately, they had to slice the cross sections to just 0.2 cm. Still, perhaps making small cubes and soaking prior to boiling will help.
I'm in the same boat. I'm a carrier for the Familial Mediterranean Fever gene, which codes for pyrin. It basically causes runaway activation of the NLRP3 inflammasome. Guess what activates the NLRP3 inflammasome? Oxalates. No more beet chips for me. Oxalates also deplete glutatione.
on April 24, 2014
at 10:45 AM
I get joint pain in a shoulder dislocation injury whenever I eat sweet potatoes
on April 24, 2014
at 08:50 AM
One of the most effective strategy in neutralizing oxalates is fermentation.
This also maintains the enzymes , add beneficial bacteria to your diet. Try out for wilted salad with spinach slightly steamed. This helps in reducing oxalates in your diet.