Those with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) should know that many Dietitians working for Large Dialysis Organizations (LDOs) are "cautiously" expanding the list of foods considered safe for dialysis patients. In an article published by Nephrology News & Issues, Registered Dietitian, Robin Russell, discussed that he was working with Celebrity Chef, Aaron McCargo Jr., to turn "dialysis-friendly foods into great tasting meals." As we all know, this can be a challenge.
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For those on dialysis, Spaghetti and Meatballs are often a "No-No" because of the high sodium and potassium concentration in canned tomato sauce. By using clever substitutes such as low-sodium tomato sauce, however, those with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) can enjoy this staple. The key, said Russell, "is that if you’re careful, if you read your labels and measure your foods, you can have a much wider variety of foods in your diet."
Many long-time dialysis patients may be shocked to learn that they can consume guacamole, even though it is high in potassium, if the serving portions are kept strictly within safe limits. This is not to say, "Go and eat anything you want," as the risks associated with these foods still exist and they can compromise your health. But, what you can do, is work with your Dietitian to safely incorporate your favorite meals and foods into your diet plan.
This strategy will surely come as a relief to many people with CKD who are often depressed by the fact that they can no longer taste their favorite "Mom's Famous (fill in the blank) Dish." Now they can do so with the appropriate moderation. During the past year, chef McCargo has made several regional tours to demonstrate the new recipes to dialysis patients around the country so it may be beneficial to ask your Dietitian if or when he is coming to a venue near you.
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Russell, Robin, MS, RD, CSR, LD. "Spicing up the Renal Diet." Http://www.nephrologynews.com/. Nephrology News and Issues.
"High Fat, Low Carb Diet Beneficial for CKD Patients." - Renal and Urology News.