Too Much Iced Tea Causes Kidney Failure

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Most of us enjoy a nice cold glass of iced tea on a regular basis, but who knew that consuming too much iced tea can cause kidney failure!

Arkansas man suffered from kidney failure due to drinking a gallon of iced tea each day.

The 56-year-old man said he drank about 16 8-ounce cups of iced tea every day. He went to the hospital last May with symptoms such as nausea, weakness, fatigue and body aches. After medical evaluation, doctors determined his kidneys were badly clogged and inflamed by the food chemical called oxalate which is found in black tea, spinach, rhubarb, nuts, wheat bran and chocolate. It has a chemical known to cause kidney stones or even kidney failure in excessive amounts.

At 16 cups of iced black tea each day, he was taking in three to 10 times more oxalate than the average American. The man is on dialysis, perhaps for the rest of his life.

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