To meet their restricted dietary needs, many Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patients turn to published recipes such as on the internet, specifically Food Blogs. A study published in Journal of Nutrition Education and Development found that although food blog recipes are acceptable in calories, they are often excessive in sodium and fat.
Researchers at Simmons College identified six popular Food Blogs that had more than two million visits per month. "This large reach makes the Food Blog an important component for nutrition education," suggested lead author, Elizabeth Schneider.
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Overall, it was found that vegetarian recipes and fish-based recipes were typically safe choices because they were low in calories, saturated fat and sodium. On the other hand, many of the non-vegetarian entrees posted by the studied Food Blogs were high in sodium content and saturated fat. Surprisingly, many chicken-based recipes in particular had elevated levels of sodium and saturated fat.
If you, as a CKD patient, notice shortcomings in your favorite online recipe, you do not have to eliminate it from your diet entirely, simply substitute where possible. For instance, use butter or olive oil in place of canola oil and half-and-half instead of just cream. Also, spices are a great alternative to salt or general-use seasonings. Many with CKD should also consider using fresh cut or frozen vegetables because they have lower sodium and potassium content when compared to canned or dried vegetables.
KidnyBuzz.com offers daily recipes for those with CKD which meet the general renal diet requirements for all CKD patients (low sodium, low saturated fat, etc.). Still, given the growing popularity of online recipes, those with CKD should remain aware and alert to all recipes they utilize. If you have any questions or concerns about how a dish may conflict with your renal diet, then you should discuss the matter with your Dietitian.
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