The basic idea of the Renal or Diabetic diet for Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients is to, " keep the levels of electrolytes, minerals, and fluid in your body balanced," according to Medline Plus. Most of the time the Renal and Diabetic diets are rather straight-forward, right? Lists and charts of foods to avoid are handed out at Doctors' offices, Dialysis Centers, and are easily accessible online. Yet what happens when your diet restrictions are not as clear, and harmful foods which you thought were manageable, sneak into your diet?
You should keep in mind that nutrition needs vary from person to person depending on body size, activity, the stage of Chronic Kidney Disease, Diabetes and other health concerns. However, the following are often restricted foods that creep into Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients' Renal and Diabetic diets.
1.) Processed Deli Meat: You are hungry and you grab what you consider to be a healthy dish - a bologna sandwich or a chicken salad using cold cuts. Did you make the best lunch choice for your Renal or Diabetic diet? You may be surprised to learn that you in fact did not. Processed meats can be a significant source of sodium, nitrate and phosphorus, all of which are bad for Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients. Instead choose leaner fresh meats such as roasted chicken or lean pork chops which are lower in harmful minerals as well as a better source of protein.
2.) Mayonnaise: Yes, mayonnaise is very high in saturated fats, and can cause or worsen Heart Health Complications which is a leading cause of death among Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients. Just 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise contains 103 calories. If you are thinking, "Wow, I will opt for low fat mayonnaise," think again. Even low fat or reduced fat mayonnaise spread often contain higher levels of sodium, sugar, and other harmful additives. Consider using Non-Fat Greek Yogurt or scrap the sandwich spread entirely.
3.) Soda: "Soda provides no nutritional benefit and is packed with sugars," according to the National Kidney Foundation. Even diet sodas provide no nutritional value and often contain unhealthy additives, including artificial sweeteners. Avoid soda for water, or water with fresh cut fruits and/or vegetables. Also, LyteAid is a great Chronic Kidney Disease tailored powder which can be added to water for a boost in flavor and safe nutrients.
4.) Butter: Cut the butter from your diet because it contains unhealthy fats which increases Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetics' intake of bad cholesterol. Although you may think that margarine is a better alternative, it is not. While higher in GOOD fats, margarine also has very high levels of Trans Fats which are not healthy. Hence, limit butter and margarine as much as possible and use healthier canola oils or olive oils instead.
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5.) Television (T.V.) Dinners: Frozen or pre-made meals such as frozen pizzas and microwaveable Television Dinners are often heavily processed and studies have shown such food can lead to the development or worsening of Type 2 Diabetes and other harmful health issues due to hidden sugar, sodium and fat. Stear clear of frozen foods when possible by making quick, fresh Renal and Diabetic meals. You can always turn to your trusted resource, KidneyBuzz.com, for Daily Impact Meals that meet most Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients' diet restrictions.
If you cannot live without one (or more) of the above listed foods, try talking to your Dietitian to find out if there is a way which you can more safely incorporate them into your diet. Also, for more Daily News & Information about how Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients can better manage their lives, visit KidneyBuzz.com every day. Take KidneyBuzz.com on the go by clicking here to Bookmark the site to your Smartphone home screen.
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