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does peanut butter cause kidney stones?

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Dr. Loren Cohen
Addiction Medicine 52 years experience
No: There are a variety of food substances which are linked to either reduced or increased kidney stone incidence. However, peanut butter does not seem to be among them.
Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Peanut butter: Very low risk: Calcium oxalate is most common stone among adults; reasons include: dehydration; excess calcium in urine; excess oxalate in urine; low citrate in urine. Diet: avoid spinach, rhubarb, strawberries, nuts, chocolate, tea, wheat bran, dry beans; increase orange juice 8 oz twice daily; add ReaLemon extract: 5 tblspns per day; increase fluid 4 liters/day; peanut butter has low oxalate

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A 35-year-old male asked:

If peanut butter is healthy in moderation, can a person prone to kidney stones still eat it because of its high oxalate level?

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Dr. Ann McKane
pathology 23 years experience
Only in moderation!: Oxalate renal stones are formed due to excess oxalate in the urine, caused primarity by excessive meat, peanut or chocolate consumption. Avoiding these stones involves drinking fluids, avoiding oxalate contaning foods in excess, and consuming calcium containing foods - calcium binds oxalate in the gut, preventing its absorption. Spinach is actually one of the foods highest in oxalate!

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