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Old 11-04-2017, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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LOL let me tell you what happened to me - no lie. I mean, this is exactly what happened to me:

I love spinach in any form. I also love pickled beets. I also enjoy making my own granola.

These don't seem to be related, do they? Except here's what happened to me: I was on a health kick and was eating a big salad made with spinach just about every day. I was also eating granola each morning - which contained wheat germ. And I had gotten a big jar of pickled beets on sale somewhere and was munching on some beets in the evening.

I got kidney stones. Never had them before, never had them since. But as others will attest to, you think you may be dying when you get one - the pain is incredible. After a couple of days of this intermittent but alarming pain, I went to the doctor who told me I had kidney stones and began asking about my diet.

Turns out that spinach, wheat germ, and beets (along with some other things, including I think black tea - and I drink iced tea every day as well) all have high oxalate levels and calcium oxalate kidney stones are the most common sort of kidney stone.

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/healt...ontrolled-diet

I still eat these things, but in smaller portions and I don't eat more than one of them per day.
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Old 11-04-2017, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Inland Empire, WA
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Imagine a chicken running in circles, flapping its wings frantically and shouting(if a chicken actually could shout) "The sky is falling, the sky is falling!". Sheesh! I have been eating the majority of the foods on that list for many decades and have suffered no ill effects from them. I will continue to eat those foods as long as I enjoy doing so. The key is paying attention to your diet and the way your body responds, and having a broad and varied diet. Doing so avoids things like overindulging in an item that may cause complications, as well as provide maximum benefit to ones health in the long run.
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Old 11-04-2017, 08:56 AM
 
Location: God's Country
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Do those of you who gorge on spinach have huge forearms?
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Old 11-04-2017, 09:12 AM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA
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I got a kidney stone from eating too much raw spinach. I love the taste of spinach but I really cut back after that.
Same here. I had eaten quite a bit of spinach over the years for the health benefits but got a kidney stone as well. I eat it very sparingly now.
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Old 11-04-2017, 09:21 AM
 
Location: North Oakland
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Do those of you who gorge on spinach have huge forearms?
And biceps.
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Old 11-04-2017, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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There is no shortage of people out there willing to take your money (et cetera) in exchange for your having fallen for a bunch of malarkey.
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Old 11-04-2017, 09:26 AM
 
Location: God's Country
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Do those of you who gorge on spinach have huge forearms?
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And biceps. Don't forget the biceps.

I dunno jay. Does Popeye have big biceps too? Always thought they looked like pipe stems.


Oh, you're right. When he squeezes a can of spinach down his throat, his upper arms bulge too. At least temporarily.
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Old 11-04-2017, 09:33 AM
 
Location: North Oakland
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I dunno jay. Does Popeye have big biceps too? Always thought they looked like pipe stems.


Oh, you're right. When he squeezes a can of spinach down his throat, his upper arms bulge too. At least temporarily.
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Old 11-04-2017, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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LOL let me tell you what happened to me - no lie. I mean, this is exactly what happened to me:

I love spinach in any form. I also love pickled beets. I also enjoy making my own granola.

These don't seem to be related, do they? Except here's what happened to me: I was on a health kick and was eating a big salad made with spinach just about every day. I was also eating granola each morning - which contained wheat germ. And I had gotten a big jar of pickled beets on sale somewhere and was munching on some beets in the evening.

I got kidney stones. Never had them before, never had them since. But as others will attest to, you think you may be dying when you get one - the pain is incredible. After a couple of days of this intermittent but alarming pain, I went to the doctor who told me I had kidney stones and began asking about my diet.

Turns out that spinach, wheat germ, and beets (along with some other things, including I think black tea - and I drink iced tea every day as well) all have high oxalate levels and calcium oxalate kidney stones are the most common sort of kidney stone.

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/healt...ontrolled-diet

I still eat these things, but in smaller portions and I don't eat more than one of them per day.
what you are saying makes good sense. You realize a small amount as long as you don't mix too many todgether isn't going to hurt most people. It is interesting about the spinach and beets though: I love spinach and beet salad with pecans and red onions. maybe I should think of some other healthy? salad to love.
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Old 11-04-2017, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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I got a kidney stone from eating too much raw spinach. I love the taste of spinach but I really cut back after that.
That's interesting, I've never had kidney stones or kidney issues and have never eaten a lot of spinach period and lately with spinach salads I thought Oh spinach is so good for us....then found the oxalate issue some time ago, so stopped the spinach. Cooked every now and then but hardly. Kale is on the list too...and our food industry is going thru a kale craze. ummm
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