Foods in the diet high in oxalates can be troublesome. High oxalate foods can cause body pain, urinary tract infections, skin sensitivities, diarrhea and yeast and fungal overgrowth. When oxalic acid is very high in the blood from eating a lot of foods high in oxalates, it may combine with calcium to form crystals. In a healthy digestive tract, oxalate crystals will pass through and either be metabolized by the good bacteria or excreted through stool. In an unhealthy digestive tract that is leaky (such as in some children with autism), these oxalate crystals may end up in the blood, urine or tissue leading to further inflammation in the intestines. A low oxalate diet (LOD) may reduce the inflammation and pain in children with autism as well as mitigate other symptoms of autism.
A Compilation of Advice for Using the Low Oxalate Diet for Autism
Description: Find out why your child with autism may need a low oxalate diet. This site also provides a useful diet plan and some helpful websites.
Description: A blog encouraging participation in the low oxalate diet plan.
Low Oxalate Food Guide
Description: This chart from the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spotlights foods that are either low or moderate in oxalates.
High Oxalate Foods Can Trigger Pain and Inflammation by Sandra Pawula
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Low Oxalate Diet
Description: This website provides information on what oxalates are and how to incorporate a low oxalate diet into your everyday life.
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Forum/Blog Name: Trying Low Oxalates
Description: A parent discussion group where you can ask questions and search for answers regarding the LOD.
Forum/Blog Name: Low Oxalate Foodies
Description: Group members discuss foods, recipes and menus that are low oxalate.
Forum/Blog Name: Low Oxalate/Salicylate Content
Description: This group is for families who want to broaden their knowledge base of the Low Oxalate/Salicylate Content Diets.
Forum/Blog Name: High Oxalates
Description: This parent forum is addressing oxalates found on the Body Ecology Diet Recovering Our Kids (BEDROK) website.