Oxalates in food can be important to know if you are following a low oxalate diet to reduce vulvodynia or chronic pelvic pain symptoms.
There are few resources that publish a comprehensive list of foods with their exact oxalate content. We offer the following oxalate content in foods list that shows comparisons between low, medium and high oxalate fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy foods, oils, starches, beverages and miscellaneous items. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see the foods high in oxalatess. Use the list as a guide to choosing foods when you are trying a low-oxalate diet.
See also Patient Tip Sheets:
- Understanding Chronic Pelvic Pain And Vulvodynia
- Oxalate Diet for Pelvic Pain and Vulvodynia
- Self Care Practices For Pelvic Pain And Vulvodynia
Low Oxalate Foods
|Foods||Little or No Oxalate
Eat as desired
Grapes, (Thompson seedless)
Plums, green or
Low-fat yogurt with allowed fruits
|Fats and Oils||Bacon
|Miscellaneous||Jelly or Preserves
(made with allowed fruits)
Salt, pepper (1tsp/day)
Soups with allowed
Coca-cola (12 oz) (limit/ day)
Lemonade or Limeade without peel
Wine, red, rose
Pepsi-Cola (12 oz) (limit/ day)
Tap water (preferred for extra calcium)
Moderate and High Oxalate Foods
Limit: 2 (1/2 Cups) Servings per day
> 1 Oxalate/Serving;
Orange, edible portion
|Beans - Green, Wax,
Tops, Roots, Greens
Chard, Swiss Chive
|Meat Group||Sardines||Baked beans
Soybean curd - (Tofu)
|Fats and Oils||Nuts:
|Miscellaneous||Chicken noodle soup dehydrated||Chocolate, cocoa
Pepper (in excess
of 1 tsp/day)
Grits, white corn
|Beverage/Juices||Coffee, any kind (9 oz. serving)
Cranberry juice (4 oz.)
Grape juice (4 oz.)
Orange juice (4 oz.)
Tomato juice (4 oz.)
Juices containing berries not allowed
Ovaltine and other mixed beverage mixes
Adapted from Newman, DK. (2000) "Pelvic Disorders in Women: Chronic Pelvic Pain and Vulvodynia". OstomyWound Management: December 46(12): 48-54.
A low oxalate diet has helped some women with pelvic pain and vulvodynia.
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Posted October 2007
Updated March 2013