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Doctor insights on: Spinach Smoothie

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I been making spinach smoothies and I read that they contain oxalate crystals that over time can hurt your organs like glass? Is this true?

I been making spinach smoothies and I read that they contain oxalate crystals that over time can hurt your organs like glass? Is this true?

Cooked is healthy: Spinach does contain lots of oxalates but only possible negative effect is that it interferes with calcium absorption from the bowel. Thus would not consume raw spinach every day, but 3x/week or less should be fine. Cooked spinach can be eaten evry day ; is good 4u. Oxalate will not hurt your organs like glass. Your source is unreliable. ...Read more

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Read about the dangers of oxalates. My "healthy" diet appears to be very high in them (spinach smoothies, beans, almonds, etc)Yikes! Should I be concerned?

Read about the dangers of oxalates. My "healthy" diet appears to be very high in them (spinach smoothies, beans, almonds, etc)Yikes! Should I be concerned?

Oxalate: They are not advisable in those who have known oxalate containing kidney stones. I would not worry if you do not have this medical problem. Kale, spinach, beans are good for you! ...Read more

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I've heard you shouldn't have too many kale smoothies due to it interfering with thyroid function. What about spinach and romaine?

I've heard you shouldn't have too many kale smoothies due to it interfering with thyroid function. What about spinach and romaine?

Highly unlikely: You may be referring to animal studies whereby sheep were fed kale exclusively and often developed goiters. However, if kale smoothies are a part of your diet (as they are mine and many of my patients), you should be just fine. Same with spinach and romaine (though the latter is not as nutritious). If still concerned, get complete thyroid studies: TSH, free T3 (liothyronine) & T4 through your primary doc ...Read more

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My stomache hurts after makeing spinache and banana smoothies today I made mango and strawberry smoothie and my stomache hurts again what's happening.

My stomache hurts after makeing spinache and banana smoothies today I made mango and strawberry smoothie and my stomache hurts again what's happening.

Lactose intolerant?: If this contains milk or milk products you may be lactose intolerant. If not, and you keep having abdominal pain would see a GI doctor and be fully evaluated. ...Read more

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Why can't I ever stay awake after having some things? Ex. Lettuce, spinach, berry smoothie. I thought "food comas" happen with high fat/large meals?

Why can't I ever stay awake after having some things? Ex. Lettuce, spinach, berry smoothie. I thought "food comas" happen with high fat/large meals?

Other causes?: You are correct! Lettuce and spinach should absolutely not induce a " food coma" Think about other causes of daytime sleepiness as not enough evening sleep? Other medications? Mood? Other factors? ...Read more

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Is 3-4 cups of raw spinach or kale per day in a smoothie too much? I've heard the oxalates can be dangerous.

Is 3-4 cups of raw spinach or kale per day in a smoothie too much? I've heard the oxalates can be dangerous.

No: There's nothing wrong with that much spinach/kale in your diet unless your taking coumadin. Warfarin is a blood-thinning medication that helps treat and prevent blood clots. However, certain foods and beverages can make it so warfarin doesn't effectively prevent blood clots. It's important to pay attention to what you eat while if your taking this medication. ...Read more

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Is it safe to eat 3 cups of spinach and 1 cup of kale each morning in a smoothie? Or is unhealthy to have that much every day?

Safe: That should be safe and healthy. However if you have other medical conditions or taking medications kale and spinach may interact with those medications. If you do, see your physician as the medication dosages may need to be adjusted. ...Read more

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I usually eat 2-3cups of spinach a day (on my green /protein smoothie) friend told me consuming too much spinach can cause kidney stones, trueormith?

I usually eat 2-3cups of spinach a day (on my green /protein smoothie) friend told me consuming too much spinach can cause kidney stones, trueormith?

Spinach and oxalate: Is true - be careful - Spinach is rich in oxalate; calcium oxalate forms 80% of stones in adults; many foods contain oxalate, only nine foods are believed to increase importantly in the urine and then promote kidney stone formation. They are: beets, spinach, rhubarb, strawberries, nuts, chocolate, tea, wheat bran, and all dry beans It is best to avoid these foods. Drink 3 to 4 liters per day ...Read more

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I mixed smoothie with apples, grapes, berries, raspberries, romaine spinach, almonds, and flax seeds. Will this help my skin? & do I drink it 2 a day?

I mixed smoothie with apples, grapes, berries, raspberries, romaine spinach, almonds, and flax seeds. Will this help my skin? & do I drink it 2 a day?

Maybe (not). . .: I'm not aware of any randomized double blind placebo controlled trials demonstrating any benefit from a smoothie as described above in an adequate sized population of otherwise similar men & women. Nor am I aware of any dosing recommendations. However, I'm sure it's better than eating junk food! ...Read more

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What number of smoothies a day is too much?

What number of smoothies a day is too much?

Diarrhea: Well most smoothies contain fruit, sugar, protein. Usually if too many you would get loose stools. I would say no more than 4 a day. ...Read more

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Are commercially prepared smoothies healthy?

Are commercially prepared smoothies healthy?

Read ingredients: Some commercially prepared smoothies are nothing more than ice cream shakes. Check the ingredients of the smoothie and look for added simple sugars and fats. Try to avoid smoothies with these. ...Read more

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Would if be okay to only eat smoothies and soup?

Would if be okay to only eat smoothies and soup?

Balanced diet: It is best to eat a varied and balanced diet with fruits, vegetables, meats, carbohydrates, and dairy. If all of those ingredients are contained in your soup and smoothies, that would be fine. Discuss your detailed diet plan with your doctor or dietician. ...Read more

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How many cups/ounces of veggie smoothies should I have for optimum health every day? Any veggie must haves?

How many cups/ounces of veggie smoothies should I have for optimum health every day? Any veggie must haves?

No data: There are no scientific data on this subject, and if anyone tries to tell you otherwise, they're probably pulling your leg. It sounds like your diet is already healthy if you're drinking veggie smoothies, so you don't need to worry too much about quantity or which vegetable to use. Aim for a healthy, varied diet, and then stop thinking about it. ...Read more

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Can I mix vegetables and fruits for smoothies?

Can I mix vegetables and fruits for smoothies?

Mix Away!: Smoothies are a great way to get the daily recommended number of fruit and vegetable servings! Fresh baby spinach is a mild-flavored vegetable and goes well with all fruit. I recommend a smoothie starting with baby spinach and a ripe banana. From there, add another fruit, ice and water. Frozen berries, pineapple chunks, peach or mango are all very good. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use raw green vegetables in smoothies?

Raw Food: I think that medicine may be neutral about this. As long as the vegetables are cleaned properly there would be no health concerns. We eat raw vegetables all the time in salads and such. ...Read more

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How can I make breakfast smoothies healthier for my kids?

How can I make breakfast smoothies healthier for my kids?

In order to answer..: ....A question about how to make something healthier, we must first know what's in it now. A smoothie as pretty much anything you throw in a blender, often vegetables, fruits and yogurt. The best way to make a healthy smoothie is to include healthy ingredients. Emphasize the veggies and keep it low fat. ...Read more

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Is fruit and veg whole healthier than smoothies (liquidised)?

Is fruit and veg whole healthier than smoothies (liquidised)?

Yes: Because with whole fruits and veggies, you get the fiber which results in less consumption and quicker satiety (fullness). Smoothies have more sugar from the fruits and veggies due to more being used to make the smoothie. Plus, most smoothies have added ingredients like sugars, syrups, powders, etc - unless you make it yourself. ...Read more

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Are smoothies better than trying to eat the fruits individually?

Are smoothies better than trying to eat the fruits individually?

NO!: Fruit juices are better than milk or sodas, however consuming the actual fruit as a whole is better that just drinking its juice! ...Read more

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What are some fruits/veggies that you can use to make smoothies that help gain weight?

What are some fruits/veggies that you can use to make smoothies that help gain weight?

Weight gain: Fruits and veggies have lots of carbs st about 4 cal/gm. They don't have much fat except for avocado. Fats have caloric content of about 9 cal/gm (2x as much). You should try to eat a balanced diet and exercise though not too vigorously and you'll gain. ...Read more

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Please tell me, is two bowls of raw spinach a week too much?

Please tell me, is two bowls of raw spinach a week too much?

No: Spinach is a very healthy vegetable, and it certainly provides quite a bit of fiber for your bowels. I personally eat at least that much a week. Enjoy! ...Read more

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What nutrients are stored in spinach?

What nutrients are stored in spinach?

Popeye's fave: Spinach is excellent for you. It is an excellent source for vitamin a, vitamin k and folate (folic acid). It's a good source for magnesium and manganese, and it is one of the better veggie sources of iron. ...Read more