What Nuts Have the Lowest Amounts of Oxalates to Minimize Kidney Stones

  • Published on Mar 17, 2019
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    In this video, Dr. Berg talks about the nuts that have the lowest amounts of oxalates. This is important for people who are susceptible to getting kidney stones. Oxalates are the chemical compound in certain foods that combine with calcium and create a lot of irritation in the kidney, joints and other tissues in the body which causes to form kidney stones.
    • Almonds - 469mg / per 100g
    • Cashews - 262 / per 100g
    • Pinenuts - 198 / per 100g
    • Peanuts - 140 / per 100g
    • Walnuts - 74 / per 100g
    • Pecans - 64 / per 100g
    • Pistachios - 49 / per 100g
    • Macadamia - 42 / per 100g
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Comments • 356

  • SQUID62
    SQUID62 Day ago

    I'm curious the effect of oxalates on cramping. Reason I ask it that I've found when I eat spinach I wake up with wicked cramps in my feet and side of calves. It's odd because eating foods high in potassium and magnesium are supposed to relieve cramping. But it's opposite. Perhaps the oxalates are pulling too much calcium from the blood and throwing off my electrolytes? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

  • George Ramos
    George Ramos 5 days ago

    So its kidney stones only

  • 888,888_ fiery_mercaba

    "1:22" -- "To minimize the damage....nuts and cheese together...."; "lemon juice" ("1:50"); "potassium citrate"; or "calcium citrate."

    • 888,888_ fiery_mercaba
      888,888_ fiery_mercaba 6 days ago

      In another video of his, a video about what to do if experiencing a kidney stone attack, Dr. Berg mentions a remedy for removing kidneys stones, a remedy named Hydroxy-citrate (Solgar brand featured).

    OSOCO 6 days ago

    If you eat nuts, you are? _ _ _ _

  • Alice Bedwell
    Alice Bedwell 20 days ago

    I got my stones waaaay b4 keto,

  • Habibullah Din
    Habibullah Din 27 days ago

    I had many kidney stones calcium oxalate now what to eat what not to eat?

  • Berke Uslu
    Berke Uslu Month ago

    How about if we roast them ?

  • Steven Arnold
    Steven Arnold Month ago


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    After watching all the videos it looks like there's almost nothing left to eat which is not harmful ... :-(

  • Neil Guilbeault
    Neil Guilbeault 2 months ago

    Can you make some dietary recommendations for people with MS

    • S M
      S M 2 months ago

      Look up Dr. Terry Wahls. She was wheelchair-bound with MS and cured herself (and now others) using food as medicine. Many recent RU-clip interview videos plus she has written a book. Best wishes to you!

  • palmer3977
    palmer3977 2 months ago

    My God people please think for yourselves, if you can't spot what is blatantly wrong with this video & way of thinking then there is no hope for you.

  • MC Caramel
    MC Caramel 2 months ago

    yogurt should be good too then. There is a country they consume spinach always with yogurt. But would milk also work the same or not?

  • DRourk
    DRourk 2 months ago

    Peanuts and Cashews are not nuts!!!!

  • jwoolman5
    jwoolman5 2 months ago

    One thing to remember is that it's the totals that matter, and that depends on how much you eat. I don't eat 100 grams of any of these nuts in a day (that's 3.5 ounces). I am likely to eat 14 grams at a time (that's half an ounce). Sometimes I only eat closer to 7 grams (1/4 ounce) of a particular nut. And I usually eat entirely vegan and have a huge collection of nuts and seeds.... But seriously, 14 grams of nuts is still a lot of nuts.
    So you can eat the higher oxalate nuts as long as you don't eat gobs of them. You can eat smaller amounts in a day and rotate which nuts you eat each day, so you get the different benefits of each but also avoid the drawbacks. If oxalates are a problem, you can also make sure that you choose low oxalate ones for the rest of your nutty dietary needs in a particular day.

  • Peopled Diagram
    Peopled Diagram 2 months ago

    I eat nuts very rarely. They are only treats.

  • Alessandra Molo
    Alessandra Molo 2 months ago

    Could you make a video about food to avoid for acne? Or about whether nuts really aggravate acne

  • Wayne Wilson
    Wayne Wilson 2 months ago +1

    I still don't understand why, in spite of Oxalates and antinutrients, Dr Berg still pushes large salads and Kale. Sure, add some cooked low Oxalate vegetables, but kale is terrible for health.

  • Francisco
    Francisco 2 months ago

    What about hazelnuts?...

  • Inayatullah Ghairat
    Inayatullah Ghairat 2 months ago

    Quite helpful information. Just a quick question: what amount (mg) of oxalates is acceptable to consume on a daily basis?

    • jwoolman5
      jwoolman5 2 months ago

      Inayatullah Ghairat -
      That's a good question, I'd like to hear his suggestion also. We also need figures for soaked/sprouted nuts, which are supposed much lower on oxalate. Sprouted nuts and seeds are available online for people who don't want to soak the nuts themselves.

  • TerriTerriHotSauce
    TerriTerriHotSauce 2 months ago

    Soak and roast

  • Diana Stokes
    Diana Stokes 2 months ago

    Always learn something new. I appreciate your dedication to helping people.

  • Denna Gothard
    Denna Gothard 2 months ago

    Thank you so much for this . I love watching your videos they are so informative.

  • Maximus Proximo
    Maximus Proximo 2 months ago

    How about Almond milk?

  • Savana Fawntane
    Savana Fawntane 2 months ago


  • Jacque B
    Jacque B 2 months ago

    Love how you explain what food does to the body. It’s not only about “the diet”. The Physiologist in me loves this channel. 😍

  • C. G. Ku.
    C. G. Ku. 2 months ago

    Thank you so much for using grams and not cups! Awesome!

  • Legionary Armada
    Legionary Armada 2 months ago

    Hey Dr Berg.. could you do a video on adaptogenic herbs such as Ashwaganda (Withania Somnifara) and Ginseng?

  • Naga Raj
    Naga Raj 2 months ago

    Iam getting thyroid pain in throat on keto diet. Why? When I add carbs iam fine

  • Richard Sorel
    Richard Sorel 2 months ago

    Oxalic acid is the problem not oxalates!

  • UrbanExplorer1000
    UrbanExplorer1000 2 months ago

    almonds and cashews are the most inflammatory anyway

  • NaturalHI
    NaturalHI 2 months ago +1

    Will you be doing any videos on histamine intolerance? I can’t have any high oxalate foods too because I have kidney stones.

  • Michael Evans
    Michael Evans 2 months ago

    Don't almonds have calcium though? Wouldn't that bind to the oxalates and protect you?

  • Belinda Brandon
    Belinda Brandon 2 months ago

    I love my Walnuts with dry cranberries hmm 74 is high, will be trying macadamia now.. thanks

    • Belinda Brandon
      Belinda Brandon 2 months ago

      jwoolman5 thank you

    • jwoolman5
      jwoolman5 2 months ago +1

      Belinda Brandon - 74 mg oxalates is for 3.5 ounces.... I think you are probably safe!

  • Bethany Day
    Bethany Day 2 months ago

    i've known alot of people who get kidney stones...none of them consume food with these oxalates in them....they all live on the S.A.D diet....processed foods/sugars, meat, cheese, potatoes, corn and maybe a sprinkling of a few other veggies like peas and broccoli. None of them eat greens or nuts except peanut butter once in a while..... i just think it is interesting how people have connected high oxalate foods with kidney stones but i've never known or seen someone get kidney stones from consuming these foods.

  • Johnny Haag
    Johnny Haag 2 months ago

    What about phytic acid?
    Can you do a video that shows both?

  • Van Vu
    Van Vu 2 months ago

    Does that mean Almond Milk is bad for our health?

  • Methuselah
    Methuselah 2 months ago

    My two nuts have zero oxalates.

  • Eugen B.
    Eugen B. 2 months ago

    I’ve dealt with chronic stones for more than two decades. Two years ago my urologist said to try magnesium (500mg) and B6 (200mg) daily and my stones are down from an average of 1.5cm - 2.5cm down to less than 5mm. And that’s eliminated the need to have procedures to blast them so they’d pass.
    I’ve followed the other advice as it is what my doctors recommended but adding the B6 plus magnesium has made a world of difference.
    My urologist said it doesn’t work for everyone and works best with women but said it was worth trying as the only side effect would be expensive pee :-). Figured maybe this might help someone else suffering as I have.

  • Anglena Waller
    Anglena Waller 2 months ago +1

    I eat a lot of almonds and pistachios because of the magnesium that is supposed to help those of us who struggle with migraines. So far I haven't had any kidney stone problems and an in my mid 50's. Thank you for the information!

  • 241hnd
    241hnd 2 months ago

    Is peanut butter as bad as eating regular peanuts?

  • Lloyd Hlavac
    Lloyd Hlavac 2 months ago

    I got a kidney stone a few months into trying keto for the first time several years ago. One of the most painful experiences of my life! It wasn't until I researched causes that I found out about oxalates, which were in a lot of the foods I was eating, some of which I immediately stopped consuming. That is also when I found out about drinking lemon water and supplementing with both potassium and magnesium citrates to combat stone formation. Thankfully I haven't had a problem since.

  • squishy booty
    squishy booty 2 months ago

    I only eat my home grown pecans occasionally (: just avoid nuts if you have a problem buying the low oxalate nuts

  • Man from Nantucket
    Man from Nantucket 2 months ago

    What about Brazil nuts?

  • Jack Heaton
    Jack Heaton 2 months ago


  • Jack Heaton
    Jack Heaton 2 months ago

    Pectin in apples I heard are preventing kidney stones, is that true

  • hidden75
    hidden75 2 months ago

    Does lime and grapefruit juice have the same effect as lemon juice?

  • E G
    E G 2 months ago

    What about Pili nuts?

  • Michelle Adame
    Michelle Adame 2 months ago

    Anything above 10 I've read is considered high actually.

  • Michelle Adame
    Michelle Adame 2 months ago

    Avoid high oxalate foods altogether. Dr. Berg, I've watched all of your videos and I think that this message is only going to hurt people who have high toxicity already especially those who have started consuming green smoothies and nuts like these. It is naive to think that oxalate will only cause kidney stones and not "kill the eater" which they are designed to do. Please watch videos on plant toxins from Sally Norton, the Ancestry foundation, and others who have a wealth of information.

  • Chase Potter
    Chase Potter 2 months ago

    Nice! The most expensive ones are the lowest oxalate..... 🙄

  • Vicci Studio
    Vicci Studio 2 months ago

    What if you remove the skins from the Almonds?

  • 20alphabet
    20alphabet 2 months ago +3

    Welp, so long chocolate covered almonds.
    Little by little chipping away at life's joy.

    • jwoolman5
      jwoolman5 2 months ago +1

      20alphabet - just eat small amounts.... The oxalate amounts he gives are for 100 grams or 3.5 ounces. Go ahead, eat a few chocolate covered almonds, a few grams won't hurt. Almonds are about 1 gram each, at least the ones from Blue Diamond are. They're fairly small.

    • Mitch
      Mitch 2 months ago

      Only if you're susceptible to kidney stones when it runs in your family or you have a high carbohydrate lifestyle that causes toxic high levels of insulin.

  • kevinn0151
    kevinn0151 2 months ago

    So I guess Brazil nuts are oxalate free?

  • Lisa A
    Lisa A 2 months ago

    Good info, thanks

  • Corey Theisen
    Corey Theisen 2 months ago

    what about creatine is that bad too. and coffe

  • Bikerman 690
    Bikerman 690 2 months ago

    Its like almost everything we eat are unhealthy in some ways...😕🙈 so the best thing is, dont eat!😀

  • Eddie L
    Eddie L 2 months ago

    What happens to the level of oxalates in almonds after you soak them for 24hrs and then peel them?

  • Lisa Sutherland-Fraser
    Lisa Sutherland-Fraser 2 months ago +1

    Dr Berg what about almond milk?

  • Amit from Israel
    Amit from Israel 2 months ago +1

    there is a new (crazy) huge study in the US claims eggs are not healthy (if consuming over 3 each week), can you do a video on this ?

    • TC Boone
      TC Boone 2 months ago

      Hard to trust a study that doesn’t allow access to the text of report.

  • Andre Sneidar
    Andre Sneidar 2 months ago +1

    Is it possible to purge your body of oxalates?

  • here again
    here again 2 months ago

    And peanut butter?

  • s4madman
    s4madman 2 months ago

    Thank you Dr. Berg! This is essential information for anyone doing IF/HKeto.

  • Sunshine
    Sunshine 2 months ago

    I am scared too of keto diet now, i mean being on keto u have to eat almond flour as it is low on carbs , and there are many recipes that call for almond flr plus cheese or chia seeds, and moreover if oxalates combine with calcium and go right thru then how are u going to absorb calcium??? I mean food choice is limited on keto and now this massive problem?? If you make a keto pizza u will have this deadly combination, how much lemon juice per day will avoid this??? i mean I need to rethink of keto then, who wants to risk with a stone

  • Tina Ramsden
    Tina Ramsden 2 months ago +1

    Thanks, please do more on alternative I don't have kidney issues but learned keto people OD on oxalates so best to understand they can cause issues

  • mom3xys
    mom3xys 2 months ago

    Potassium citrate has really helped me with my kidney stone problem .

  • Mitch
    Mitch 2 months ago

    Dr Berg everyone is asking about SPROUTING the nuts by soaking in water as you have always suggested?? Will this help??

  • soupper soulger
    soupper soulger 2 months ago

    Oxalates Kidney Stones......please pass the B6 Pyridoxine !

  • S T
    S T 2 months ago +5

    You're like what Dr Oz could've been like were he to be a normal person sans the Oprah anointment.

    • Rhonda Bailey
      Rhonda Bailey 2 months ago

      Dr Oz should spend half the shows time getting us off the couch and doing some Exercise with him and guests...I would tune into that everyday ❣️

  • Zoran Brašnjo
    Zoran Brašnjo 2 months ago


  • Frank Medrocillo
    Frank Medrocillo 2 months ago

    Dr Berg waiting for you to make rap video about nuts aswell😁

  • John McKelly
    John McKelly 2 months ago

    just soak them lol

  • Keto D
    Keto D 2 months ago

    Pili nuts?

    HAZ MAT 2 months ago

    Lemon Water! ✔
    Potassium Citrate! ✔

  • L J
    L J 2 months ago

    Dr. Berg, Does this also include Almond and Cashew milk ??

    • L J
      L J 2 months ago

      Mitch Thank you

    • Mitch
      Mitch 2 months ago

      In the past, he has said soaking the nuts in water like they do with nut milks create sprouted nuts which he has mentioned in other videos cuts down on the oxalates.

  • D. M.
    D. M. 2 months ago

    I have interstitial cystitis (IC) and after seeing several urologists and being exposed to painful tests and awful meds that put me in a coma I discovered the cause of my IC, oxalates! I did a elimination diet and I lived on green smoothies made with leafy greens and almond milk, buckwheat pancakes and chicken. I happened to pick the highest oxalate foods (not the chicken.) I was never worse in my life!! It nearly killed me but I discovered the problem. I cured it right away with a low oxalate diet. I wish I would have known years ago. Not one doctor or urologist mentioned or asked me about oxalates. I had been suffering for 20 years. It comes right back if drink almond milk, eat almond flour, have too much salad or nuts. I cook kale and spinach to reduce oxalates. I hadn’t heard that about cheese. Thanks so much!

  • Diya N
    Diya N 2 months ago

    Love u sir, u're amazing

  • Jenna Karpe
    Jenna Karpe 2 months ago

    I love water with lemon juice everyday so

  • Jenna Karpe
    Jenna Karpe 2 months ago +3

    I thought we’re supposed to eat nuts everyday?! Now eating nuts can cause health problems?! 🙄

  • creative 360
    creative 360 2 months ago +1

    OMG this explains why I suddenly had my teeth demineralized and appearing more translucent. Since January that started a ketogenic diet I also began eating plenty of almonds and brazilian nuts, and likely that impaired my calcium absorption. Which was particularly needed to balance the acidic environment created by the consumption of animal products, and hence was taken from the teeth

  • Justin Towers
    Justin Towers 2 months ago

    Wow this is why Frank Tufano recommends macadamia only if you must consume a nut

  • Weston W
    Weston W 2 months ago +1

    Does this mean that almond milk has high oxalates also?? 😳

    • Mitch
      Mitch 2 months ago

      Almond milk may have less because the water added cuts down on the oxalates similar to sprouting.

  • Jose Bonilla
    Jose Bonilla 2 months ago

    Maybe we shouldn't eat grains and seeds???

  • Jose Bonilla
    Jose Bonilla 2 months ago

    I can feel the toxins in my mouth as I eat almonds.

  • David B
    David B 2 months ago +8

    How about Brazil nuts Dr Berg?

    • Sage Arbor
      Sage Arbor 2 months ago

      Brazil nuts are GREAT but they have SO MUCH SELENIUM in them that you only really need like 1 or 2 Brazil nuts per day.
      I still snack on a Brazil nut here and there as part of my mixed nuts at my lunches, but shouldnt need to have them every meal.
      So if you keep that in mind, the oxalate content of Brazil nuts won’t be enough to contribute to kidney stones if you incorporate them one or two at a time with a few of the other nuts he mentioned like Pistachios and some Walnuts!

  • Gloria Mary Haywood
    Gloria Mary Haywood 2 months ago

    That's it for almonds then! Totally ditching those. Who Knew something so healthy can really jack with your poor kidneys?😨😟

  • DC
    DC 2 months ago +1

    What about Pili nuts?

  • Michael J McCurdy
    Michael J McCurdy 2 months ago

    No kidney stones for a few years now but I have calcium buildup on my right middle finger. Before I resort to surgery, I need to try natural remedies. My right middle finger only bends halfway and it's incredibly painful when I bump it on something. This started around November/December in 2017 but got really bad in the following months.
    There is also a calcium/bone growth on the outer joint. A seasoned nurse said that a doctor needs to go in and grind all the excess calcium off but I really don't want to go that route, if possible. I wonder if the calcium buildup may have been due to me taking EZorb brand "calcium aspartate anhydrous" supplement for, what I thought was, a heel spur (was plantar fasciitis and I cured that with stretching it out). I took that calcium supplement for about three months or so.
    I had done keto very seriously for a couple of months prior (Sept and Oct 2017) and I was eating a lot of spinach and almonds. I was off keto for most of 2018 and got back on it around August. Since then, I have been eating a lot of spinach, almonds, and other nuts. I've been inconsistent with taking in ACV and lemon juice.
    Lately, I've been taking around 800mg magnesium glycinate, threonate, citrate, and another one (I forget what it was; I ran out a couple weeks ago). Also, I have been taking lots of K-2, D-3, zinc, B-vitamins (Garden of Life brand), and misc other supplements from time to time. Also, I gave up caffeine three weeks ago and have been completely dairy-free for almost two weeks now.
    I don't want to get surgery if possible but I can't stand not being able to grip things well and there's no way I can hang from a bar like I used to do at the gym; hanging and pull-ups. I'm afraid that the joint will degenerate until the damage is permanent. So, I hope someone might be able to advise me whether or not, reducing my oxalates will help get rid of that calcium buildup and if I just need to continue drinking ACV/lemon juice and taking magnesium, K-2, and D-3 and hope for the best.

    • Michael J McCurdy
      Michael J McCurdy 2 months ago

      +Judith Cressey Thank you. I did read that somewhere... I guess I've just been lazy about it.

  • Mohammed Qadeer
    Mohammed Qadeer 2 months ago +2

    OMG! I have been adding nuts to my protein shake with milk and banana. I didn't know I was taking calcium and oxalate together😨

    • Veronica Margaret
      Veronica Margaret 2 months ago

      But that's a good thing...you won't absorb the oxalates. That's his point about eating cheese with nuts.

  • anselb2000
    anselb2000 2 months ago

    If you are prone to kidney stones you should be drinking lemon water, or eating or sucking on lemons, everyday, not to mention drinking lots of water or beer.

    LIVIN CINCY 2 months ago +2

    What about Beer Nuts ? LOL !

  • Kumamon Kumamoto
    Kumamon Kumamoto 2 months ago +6

    Peanuts are NO nuts! They are legumes!

  • Caroline Araujo
    Caroline Araujo 2 months ago +14

    Ugh, pistachios and macadamia are the most expensive nuts out there. 😣😣

    • tony j
      tony j 7 days ago

      So you would eat less of them.

    • Alice Bedwell
      Alice Bedwell 20 days ago

      I love peanuts

    • jwoolman5
      jwoolman5 2 months ago

      Zoe Wowiee - ha ha. Of course beer nuts are a legume (peanuts). But they really are good! They used to be better, I think they shifted sweetener.

    • Zoe Wowiee
      Zoe Wowiee 2 months ago

      Perhaps I should just get the mixed bag of nuts lol but my favourite are salted beer nuts.

    • Lai ST
      Lai ST 2 months ago

      Pistachios net carb is quite high...

  • Bu Kab
    Bu Kab 2 months ago +1

    Thanks doc :)



  • Tigress ForTruth
    Tigress ForTruth 2 months ago +4

    Does this apply to unsweetened almond milk as well?

    • Veronica Margaret
      Veronica Margaret 2 months ago +1

      Yes it does absolutely, however there is also calcium which will keep your body from absorbing the oxalates. Just go do.some research online it's quite easy.

    • Amani Abdulkareem
      Amani Abdulkareem 2 months ago +2

      I would like to know too.

  • Christopher Alden
    Christopher Alden 2 months ago +1

    Fasting usually gives me kidney stones. When a stone is really bothering me, I get on an inversion table for 10-15 minutes. I'll hang upside down, and move around until the stone shifts enough. I also supplement with Hydroxycitrate and Chanca Piedra (aka Stone Breaker).

    • Christopher Alden
      Christopher Alden 2 months ago +1

      ​+Judy Evans I've been doing it for about 4 years. I don't take them everyday. I only take the supplements when I feel mild stone pain (3 times a day for it to work properly). For severe pain, I swear by the inversion table. Especially when it's the middle of the night and pain is keeping me awake. The inversion table is the only thing that'll jar the stone loose and break it up. I originally bought the table for lower back pain, and inadvertently found out it helps with stones.

    • Judy Evans
      Judy Evans 2 months ago

      I just put my husband on those two for kidney stones a month ago. You have had good results? How long have you used them?

  • Leonard V
    Leonard V 2 months ago +1

    Almonds are overrated anyway

  • Jovial Juju
    Jovial Juju 2 months ago +1

    I put a1/2 of almond milk in my chia once a day would that be ok thanks very much Dr Berg ❤️❤️❤️

    • Mitch
      Mitch 2 months ago

      Try unsweetened Hemp Milk...you will never go back to Almond milk ever again. They have it at Whole Foods...more healthy fat and nutritionally dense superfood.

  • سليمان سليمان

    Ok. Dr. Thsnk you so much

  • Rev_Logos
    Rev_Logos 2 months ago +4

    I remember decades ago being rushed to the hospital in extreme pain from appendicitis. In the ER there was an older gentleman in the bed next to mine, obviously with much more pain than I had. I asked the nurse what it was, and she said, kidney stones.