Oxalates are organic substances found in all plant, animal, and human life. Our bodies convert other substances into oxalates through metabolic processes, and we consume oxalates when we eat plants or plant products that have them. In addition, oxalates are usually more dense in the leaves of a plant rather than its stem, root, or stalk.
For most people oxalates are not troublesome; however they can cause problem for certain people. For instance, doctors are finding oxalates can affect autistic children. Oxalates are also considered an antinutrient factor if you have osteopenia or osteoporosis because oxalates interfer with the absorption of calcium by binding to it and making it less absorbable. People with kidney stones, vulvar pain, Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS), or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) may also benefit from eating a low oxalate diet.
To help you recognize the oxalate content in certain foods, here’s how some foods are categorized.
Oxalate Food Content
Beets and Beet
Cream of Wheat
Soy Burger, Nuts, Yogurt
Soy Ice Cream
For more information on oxalates, here’s a few site that may help:
Development Spectrum. This site offers advice for oxalate diets and Autism.
Fibromyalgia Journal. This site provides information for fibromyalgia sufferers in relation to oxalates. They also offer information on a low oxylate diet.
Jackson Siegelbaum Gastroenterology. This site offers information for those people interested in oxalates and kidney stones.
Trying Low Oxalates. This is a group set up on yahoo for those wanting to explore a low oxalate diet. They also offer information and support on how to implement this diet and other methods of lowering oxalate exposure.
Vulval Pain Society. This is a confidential service for women who suffer from vulval pain due to vestibulodynia and vulvodynia. The Society was set up in 1996 by a doctor and nurse, and they discuss how a low oxalate diet can help sufferers.
In addition, there are also these two books that you may find helpful: