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Dietitian Q/A

Because of the contents of some questions and the large number we receive, the MUSC Dietitians only answer selected questions. Although we discourage questions regarding personal health problems, scheduling an appointment with the outpatient dietitian to address these concerns is encouraged. Appointments can be made after a physician referral is received.

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 Question:  diet for a healthy colon when you have to be on a low oxalate diet.


A healthly diet for your colon will contain foods high in fiber, such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Some whole grains, fruits and vegetables do contain oxalate but may do not.


Here is a list of LOW Oxalate containing foods that are high in fiber and good for colon health:


Fruits: Apples, apricots (fresh or canned), avocado, bananas, cherries (sweet), cranberries, grapefruit, red or green grapes, lemon and lime juice, melons, nectarines, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, oranges, strawberries (fresh), tangerines

Vegetables: Artichokes, asparagus stalks, bamboo shoots, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, chayote squash, chicory, corn, cucumbers, endive, kale, lettuce, lima beans, mushrooms, onions, peas, peppers, white potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, zucchini

Breads, cereals, and grains:

Egg noodles, rye bread, cooked and dry cereals without nuts or bran, crackers with unsalted tops, white or wild rice


And here is a list of HIGH Oxalate containing foods that you may want to limit if your doctor has suggested a low oxalate diet:


Fruits: Apricots (dried), red currants, figs, kiwi, plums, rhubarb

Vegetables: Beans (wax, dried), beets and beet greens, chives, collard greens, eggplant, escarole, dark greens of all kinds, kale, leeks, okra, parsley, rutabagas, spinach, Swiss chard,
sweet potatoes, tomato paste, watercress

Breads, cereals, and grains:

Amaranth, barley, white corn flour, fried potatoes, fruitcake, grits, soybean products, wheat germ and bran, buckwheat flour, highbran cereals, graham crackers, pretzels, whole wheat bread

To schedule an appointment with our outpatient dietitian:

1) Obtain a referral from you physician. They can use the referral form from the following link:

    Or they can use their own form.
2) Have your physician fax the referral to 843-792-2995. The scheduling department will then contact you to set up the appointment.

Answered: 08/01/2011

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