Oxalates are found in the leaves of many plants. For some susceptible people, when excessive amounts of oxalates are ingested, they bind with calcium in the blood and cause both damaging inflammation and precipitation in the form of kidney stones. Lowering the oxalate intake in the diet is a way to prevent stone formation, reduce systemic inflammation and, in general, achieve better health. The dilemma, however, is that a low-oxalate diet can lead to the avoidance of otherwise very beneficial foods, such as greens. That is why Dr. Cowan developed this Low-Oxalate Greens Powder.
After researching the oxalate content of various greens, three emerged as the tastiest and nutritious while significantly lower in oxalates than others. Locally sourced, organic lacinato kale, collard greens and mustard leaves offer the health benefits from regular consumption of green vegetables while reducing oxalate exposure.
Inside this jar are approximately 50 servings! One teaspoon equals an average-size serving of the fresh vegetable. To use, sprinkle on salads, eggs, rice and quinoa, buttered popcorn, steamed or roasted vegetables, fish or chicken. Add to smoothies, soups, stews, pasta, spaghetti sauce – really, anything you enjoy eating! Try Low-Oxalate Greens Powder folded into scrambled eggs or sprinkled liberally over soft-cooked eggs.
Oxalate analysis (according to testing done at the University of Wyoming): Soluble oxalate: 47.9 mg oxalate/100 g (3.9 mg oxalate per tablespoon (8.1 grams)). Total oxalate: 950 mg oxalate/100 g (77.0 mg oxalate per Tablespoon (8.1 grams)).
From Dr. Michael Liebman, professor of Human Nutrition at the University of Wyoming:
"Oxalate in foods can be divided into that which is water soluble and that which is insoluble in water. Total oxalate includes both soluble and insoluble oxalate. There is quite a lot of evidence that soluble oxalate is better absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract that is insoluble oxalate, so a person who is sensitive to oxalates should be more concerned about the soluble oxalate (the vast majority of insoluble oxalate is probably not absorbed so is not an issue). For this particular product, only a relatively small percentage of the total oxalate is soluble, so that is a positive."
Ingredients: organic lacinato ("dino") kale, mustard leaves, collard greens