High blood levels of phosphorus can lead to Heart Disease, Bone Disease, and even death if you have Chronic Kidney Disease or Diabetes. This much may not be new to you. What is likely new, however, is WHERE researchers are now finding phosphorus. Almost completely hidden in many foods as an additive to enhance flavor and shelf life, it is very difficult for consumers to know whether phosphorus is present in the foods and drinks which they regularly enjoy.
When was the last time you had a turkey sandwich, hamburger, or pork roast? Nowadays, many food companies put phosphorus into meats in order to make them more tender and flavorful, last longer, and keep their color longer. According to the largest Dialysis Provider, Fresenius Medical Care, this adds to the amount of phosphorus you eat and can lead to weak bones and heart muscles.
Now, how about fast food: When was the last time you stopped by your local fast food restaurant to pick up a quick combo? Well, that is one of the worst culprits because fast foods contain extra hidden phosphorus from all the phosphate additives used to process the food.
I can go on with more examples, but to make a long story short; phosphorus additives can be found in enhanced meats like ham and sausages, canned fish, baked goods, breakfast cereal bars, cola and fellow sugary soft drinks like Hawaiian Punch, Flavored Water, Iced Tea, and Sunny Delight.
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The question you likely have as a Chronic Kidney Disease and/or Diabetic patient is, "What can I do about it?" First, check labels for hidden phosphorus. Common terms for phosphorus additives include: Phosphoric Acid, Sodium Polyphosphate, Pyrophosphate, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Polyphosphate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Hexametaphosphate, Trisodium Phosphate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Sodium Phosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Tetrasodium Phosphate, and Aluminum Phosphate. Write these terms down and keep them in a handy place which you can quickly refer to when looking at labels in the grocery store.
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Also, Eat high protein foods such as whole eggs, fresh fish, fresh whole chicken, and fresh chicken parts with the bone in. These foods typically contain little or no additives . Don't be shy to talk with your grocery store Butcher when you are buying meat or poultry. S/he may be able to help you make additive-free choices. Your Dietitian can share Brand Names that use less additives as well as grocery stores that provide healthier options.
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