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How to counteract the effects of oxalic acid in foods?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 10, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Is there anything I can add to spinach, beet greens and other foods high in oxalic acid to neutralize the effects of oxalic acid? Cheese?

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The Asprey theory is that the oxalate effects are cumulative, so he recommends steaming/boiling for a few minutes combined with the calcium supplement.

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I think it depends on how much Ca is in the foods, and how much spinach you eat. Since spinach is very high in oxalates, it might lead to Ca deficiency if you're not also eating enough of those foods without the spinach. I haven't looked at Dave's references here, but they probably have some sort of quantitative description of this trade-off.

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If I combine spinach with some foods high in calcium, would it be okay then?

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on July 10, 2013
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When the greens are boiled aome of oxalate leeeches into the water I believe... If you're worried about it binding with minerals then maybe eat less of them, vary things up if you're not doing so already.

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Dave Asprey claims that taking a calcium supplement along with the greens causes most of the the oxalic acid to bind, and renders it harmless. Discussed here: http://www.bulletproofexec.com/the-kale-shake-is-awesome-so-upgrade-it/

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on July 10, 2013
at 08:42 PM

I think it depends on how much Ca is in the foods, and how much spinach you eat. Since spinach is very high in oxalates, it might lead to Ca deficiency if you're not also eating enough of those foods without the spinach. I haven't looked at Dave's references here, but they probably have some sort of quantitative description of this trade-off.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on July 10, 2013
at 06:06 PM

If I combine spinach with some foods high in calcium, would it be okay then?

62fafa8cb15af7c562fa8c270f7b6174

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on July 10, 2013
at 09:07 PM

The Asprey theory is that the oxalate effects are cumulative, so he recommends steaming/boiling for a few minutes combined with the calcium supplement.

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