Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients have likely heard Brian Wilson's (co-founder and producer of The Beach Boys) famous words, “Summer means happy times and good sunshine. It means going to the beach, going to Disneyland, having fun.” Similarly, meal preparation which is synonymous with summertime is Barbecuing, right? Well, many Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients will likely be surprised to learn that the common American garnish, Barbecue Sauce, is not a good option for them due to large amounts of sugar, sodium, potassium and phosphorus.
Nutritionist LeeAnn Weintraub suggested, "You'd never think to sprinkle sugar on your chicken breast, but that's exactly what we're doing when we baste our birds in BBQ sauce," according to Huffington Post. Likewise, Healthpages.org listed Barbecue Sauce along with "soy sauce, ketchup, mustard" as "High Sodium Foods to Avoid," in its Renal (Kidney) Diet recommendations. Since most brand name Barbecue Sauces use tomato sauce as a base and phosphorus as means to "freshly" preserve their products, many store bought sauces are high in potassium and phosphorus as well.
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According to the Health, Patio and Barbecue Association, "traditional summer holidays top the list of the most popular grilling holidays: the Fourth of July (77 percent), Memorial Day (62 percent) and Labor Day (60 percent)." Therefore, in order to take part in the fun activities while enjoying various types of Barbecue, Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients should consider a few healthier substitutes to Barbecue Sauce.
Next time you are firing up the grill or taking seasoned meat to a friend's summer gathering, try using seasonings such as olive oil, Rosemary, tarragon, parsley, basil, thyme, black pepper and/or fresh lemon juice. If you're still missing that sweet tang of BBQ sauce, Weintraub said among, "Other fruits that can really help add sweetness without the added sugar of BBQ sauce would be pineapple juice."
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