Being a kidney stone former has its struggles. Apart from the sudden bouts of crippling pain, the pain of passing a stone, and recovery from surgery, patients are told to watch their diets to prevent recurrences of stone formation.
Around 80% of kidney stones are made of calcium oxalate1, and patients are usually advised to stick to a low-oxalate diet. With this in mind, lots of our favorite snacks are high in oxalate. These include potato chips, french fries, nuts, chocolate, and more. As people who enjoy our snacks, we found a list of low-oxalate snack alternatives from a reputable source2, and it felt like we’ve found gold.
Refer to the list of high-oxalate foods with their respective low-oxalate alternatives below!
|Foods High in Oxalate||Low Oxalate Alternatives|
|Nut products containing almonds, Cashews, Peanuts, Pecans, Walnuts)||Popcorn|
|Potato Chips||Graham crackers, Triscuits, Saltines|
|Chocolate Chip Cookies||Oatmeal Cookies, Fig Bars, Popsicles, Pudding, Jello|
|Grapefruit, Oranges, Tangerines||Cantaloupe, Honeydew Melon, Mango, Nectarines|
|Canned Pineapple||Canned Peaches, Canned Pears|
|Dried Figs, Dried Pineapple||Dried Apricots, Apples or Cranberries|
|Fava, Navy or Refried Beans||Soybeans, Mung Beans|
|Turnip, Yams||Yellow Squash|
|Asparagus||Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower|
|Collards||Kale, Mustard Greens|
|Potatoes||White Rice, Macaroni and Cheese|
|French Toast, Pancakes||Cornbread, Eggs|
|Clam Chowder, Lentil Soup, Miso Soup||Chicken Soup|
|Peanut Butter||Apple Butter|
|Tomato Sauce||Olive Oil|
|Blueberry Muffins||Oat Bran Muffin, Corn Bread|
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Low Oxalate Alternatives. (2017). Retrieved April 26, 2022, from https://regepi.bwh.harvard.edu/health/Oxalate/files