Double Jeopardy Foods For Chronic Kidney Disease Patients Conducting Dialysis And Substitutes



A Chronic Kidney Disease patient conducting Hemodialysis treatments asked, "Are walnuts good for kidney patients? My wife was telling me about all these great benefits they have for brain and heart health." 

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It makes a lot of sense for Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients to look to generally healthy foods to sculpt their diets. However, they should know that as a rule of thumb, high-protein foods, such as meats, dried beans, and peas tend to be high in phosphorus. Moreover, foods that are high in both potassium and phosphorus are called "Double Jeopardy" foods include dairy products, nuts, seeds, chocolate and some whole-grain foods. The following are alternative options to "Double Jeopardy" foods and additional tips for patients to take even more control of their diets and make them enjoyable while improving their health outcomes:

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As most patients know, they must avoid high phosphorus foods in order to protect their bones and blood vessels. Similarly, avoiding high potassium foods helps patients' nerves and muscles work the right way.

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Good substitutes for common high phosphorus foods include: 

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Bread, pasta, rice
  • Rice milk (not enriched)
  • Corn and rice cereals

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Good substitutes for common high potassium foods include: 

  • Apples, peaches
  • Carrots, green beans
  • White bread and pasta
  • White rice
  • Rice milk (not enriched)
  • Cooked rice and wheat cereals, grits

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In order to gain some of the heart and brain health benefits found in many "Double Jeopardy" foods such as nuts, consider incorporating lean cuts of meat (like loin or round cuts), poultry without the skin, and fish into your regular diet.

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