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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?
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
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?
Could drinking lemon water and green smoothies with spinach, banana and a raw egg daily be the cause of my elevated potassium level? Thanks......
Hyperkalemia: Yes it could. Have your doctor investigate it. ...Read more
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
My stomache hurts after makeing spinache and banana smoothies today I made mango and strawberry smoothie and my stomache hurts again what's happening.
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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