A kidney stone refers to a hardened mineral mass. Some drinks and foods have chemicals that can cause painful crystals. Therefore, you can stay away from the following foods to prevent the formation of kidney stones.

Foods that can cause kidney stones

  • Animal protein:-

Proteins like eggs, fish, poultry, chicken, pork, and red meat can increase the production of uric acid. These proteins can further reduce citrate which is a chemical present in your urine. Citrate eliminates the formation of kidney stones. Along with protein, you can switch to other alternatives like chia seeds, hummus, tofu, and quinoa.

  • Avoid salt:-

If your body has high levels of sodium, it can promote the build-up of calcium in your urine. Avoid using additional salt in your food and keep an eye on the labels of some processed foods to keep a check on your sodium intake. Fast food can have high amounts of sodium. In addition, even some vegetable juices have a high concentration of sodium.

  • Oxalate-rich foods:-

Many plant-based foods are rich in oxalate. However, it is best to avoid the following oxalate foods.

  1. Beets
  2. Okra
  3. Cocoa powder
  4. Rhubarb
  5. Spinach
  6. Raspberries
  7. French fries
  8. Stevia sweeteners
  9. Cashews and almonds
  10. Grits
  11. Miso soup
  12. Potatoes with skin that are baked
  13. Wheat and bran cereals.
  14. Sweet potatoes
  • Processed foods:-

Phosphorus is a very common preservative and additive. Hence, you must limit your consumption of frozen foods, bottled colas, and fast foods.


Kidney stones can be very painful. Some of the foods that you need to avoid to prevent kidney stones are processed foods, oxalate-rich foods, salt intake, and animal protein. You contact Dr. Irfan Shaikh of Urolife Care Clinic at Pune to know further how you can regulate your diet.

About Dr. Irfan Shaikh

Dr. Irfan Shaikh – Consultant Urologist, Uro Surgeon & Andrologist (MBBS, MS (Gen. Surgery), M.Ch. Urology), is one of the Top Urologists In Pune. A gold medalist in the department of Urology, Dr. Irfan Shaikh specializes in Female Urology in India.