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#1 Old 05-03-2016, 08:30 AM
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Is it safe to drink broccoli and spinach raw?

Since I bought the Nutri Bullet couple weeks ago I have been putting all kinds of vegetables and fruits in it. But I am kind of worried if certain foods like broccoli and spinach are actually safe to put in it raw? It does have a awful taste.
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#2 Old 05-03-2016, 08:53 AM
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I don't know about Broccoli. I know that Kale and Spinach are high in Oxalates which cause Kidney Stones for some people. I was actually surprised to see that almost all of the foods I eat are high in Oxalates.
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Since I bought the Nutri Bullet couple weeks ago I have been putting all kinds of vegetables and fruits in it. But I am kind of worried if certain foods like broccoli and spinach are actually safe to put in it raw? It does have a awful taste.

Mainstream vegetarian organizations recommend that people consume 4 or more servings or vegetables per day. One serving of vegetables is 1 cup of raw vegetables, or 1/2 cup of cooked vegetables: http://www.pcrm.org/health/diets/vsk...ur-food-groups. With juicing, it is easy/tempting to consume much, more more than this - this is unnecessary, and potentially unhealthy.

Consuming very large quantities of certain vegetables can cause health problems for some people:

The New England Journal of Medicine reported the case of a woman who consumed 1 - 1.5 kg (2 - 3 pounds) of raw bok choy every day for several months. This resulted in serious hypothyroidism and coma: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc0911005

Consuming large quantities of high-oxalate foods can increase risk of kidney stones: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-c...s/con-20024829 . The Cleveland Clinic has published a list of high-oxalate foods: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/servic...ontrolled-diet


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#4 Old 05-03-2016, 09:17 PM
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http://m.jasn.asnjournals.org/content/18/7/2198.long

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"These data do not implicate dietary oxalate as a major risk factor for nephrolithiasis."

Unless someone has had episodes with calcium type kidney stones, it appears there is not an increased risk by eating oxylates. (Spinach was used in the very comprehensive study). Eat yo greens
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