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Unveiling Dietary Oxalates with Sally Norton MPH (Toxic Superfoods)




When it comes to nutrition and health, it's essential to question and explore beyond the mainstream narratives. This was the focal point of my enlightening conversation with Sally Norton, MPH, a leading expert in dietary oxalates and the author of "Toxic Superfoods." With over 35 years of experience in health education and research, Sally brings a refreshing and well-informed perspective on the overlooked impact of oxalates in our diet. This article discusses Unveiling Dietary Oxalates with Sally Norton MPH.

From Health Challenges to a Groundbreaking Discovery

Sally's journey into the world of dietary oxalates began with her personal health challenges. Despite living a lifestyle that many would consider ideal – filled with regular exercise, yoga, and a diet rich in 'superfoods' – Sally faced an array of health issues, including chronic fatigue, joint pain, and sleep disorders. This personal struggle led her down a path of extensive research and discovery, culminating in her critically acclaimed book, "Toxic Superfoods."

The Oxalate Overload Problem

During our conversation, Sally explained that oxalates, organic compounds found in many vegetables, fruits, and nuts, are often under-recognized in terms of their potential impact on health. While these compounds are a natural part of many plants, excessive intake can lead to health problems, a condition known as oxalate overload. This revelation is particularly striking as it challenges the conventional wisdom of certain health foods.

The Misunderstood Superfoods

Sally highlighted how some foods, often celebrated for their health benefits, can be high in oxalates and thus contribute to health issues. She emphasized the importance of balance and awareness in our diets. The idea that some 'superfoods' might not be so super after all is a central theme in her book and was a key discussion point in our conversation.

Practical Advice for a Healthier Diet

One of the most engaging parts of our discussion was Sally's practical advice on dietary changes. She offered simple food swaps and tips to reduce oxalate intake, making it clear that small changes can lead to significant improvements in health. Sally's approach is not about fear-mongering but about empowering people with the knowledge to make informed dietary choices.

Challenging the Status Quo in Nutrition

Sally's work is not just about identifying problems but also about inspiring change in the medical and nutritional community. Her research is prompting a re-evaluation of dietary guidelines and bringing attention to the importance of individualized nutrition.


My conversation with Sally Norton was not only eye-opening but also a reminder of the complexities of nutrition and health. It underscores the need for continual learning and adaptation in our approach to what we eat. Sally's journey from personal health issues to becoming a leading expert in dietary oxalates is a testament to the power of perseverance and the importance of questioning the status quo in health and nutrition.

To check out Sally's book, "Toxic Superfoods" head on over to Amazon: For more information, visit or follow Sally on YouTube and social media. She’s @sknorton and @toxicsuperfoods_oxalate_book (on Instagram), @BeFreeToThrive  (on Facebook), and @BetterLowOx (on Twitter.)  

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