The Good and Bad on Oxalates

Diet Science


So D- what's top Richard this week this week we're talking about something called oxalate S- oxalate. Yes. This a type of compound that is found in certain types of foods that can be problematic for some people. Okay. So a so I Wanted to talk about because it's not problematic for everyone. But I. Think sometimes when you hear something is problematic, everyone gets freaked out and then they all everyone says, oh no, we can't eat those foods because they have oxalate in them, right? Right right. Right. So these were these naturally occurring foods exactly. So you know one of the things that I've talked a lot about in my books and my classes about these particular compounds are foods called anti nutrients, which are there in nature to kind of protect the plants you know in nature oftentimes, the idea with plants was that. It was to prevent predators from wiping out a whole crop of something. Right so we have things called fight AIDS and electons and things Fido Estrogens, and you know that will harmon insect some other things like make it. You know. Prevent. Absorption of certain nutrients so that a Predator may not continue to eat that. So there's a lot of things. oxalate is one of these types of anti nutrients it it is known it's an indigestible compound and food that prevents the proper absorption of calcium. from from that particular food if if there's also calcium in it or sometimes from other calcium containing foods that we eat with the food that has oxalate in my yeah. So it's kind of interesting. So some of the the biggest concentrations of oxalate are found in foods like spinach. and. Peanuts and chocolate. So you know that that tells us you know that sometimes people are eating a lot of these foods thinking that Oh. Yeah. This is great because these potentially healthy foods we have seen the Charles time. Yeah but we don't. We're not eating it in like mass quantities like we don't eat like huge amounts of spinach every day as salads or we don't eat it like we eat it but it's always a part of something else so. That's true. We haven't really ate like a salad you decide that you that you would start right? Right. So you know in in fact, you know when I was reading about this at said years ago these types of foods didn't pose a problem because few people ate large quantities of these foods other than Popeye, eating a bunch of spinach and we we didn't have a lot of people that. another food that that it's found in his rhubarb been fewer even fewer people rube bar back then. So but now you know a lot of health conscious people are eating gigantic spinach salads every day thinking that it's like the best thing ever and but it can lead to kidney stones and some other types of health issues tree. So and there's even some theories that maybe it's linked to autism. And that's kind of a theory. You know, I'm not going to go down that road, but I'm just reporting in case anybody else heard of that. They might WANNA research on reported statement about right. Well, the there doesn't seem to be there are studies, but there doesn't seem to be a definitive link to it. Probably more research is done on that okay but we do know for sure that it causes kidney stones will help us advocate this. So what happens is when oxalate is a compound that likes to bind assert to calcium specifically, but also iron so it can bind to both of those and. So, there's calcium in spinach. Spinach as a source of calcium as well. But we don't get much of that calcium out of it because because it because the oxalate binds and when we say bind would it means it's like a chemical reaction that when they get together like once chew up that spinach goes down into your gut and all that the it like forms a chemical reaction in the attached to each other and form a compound called House useful right? That's called Calcium oxalate. So. You know so that now it's bound that that calcium is now bound up in that molecule called Calcium oxalate and we can't really now absorb that calcium. Persist today's in the Gut and what what's really interesting is Our some of that Oxley. is broken down by bacteria in the GUT. and so you know one of them's called oxo oxo, b-actor foremen genus, and it uses that as an energy source the the bacteria uses that as an energy source. So so some of it gets used that way in the so we don't really ever get the benefit of that calcium that we eight. So

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