How Can Individuals With CKD Safely Consume The Nutrients Found In Milk While Avoiding Side Effects?

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Milk, does NOT "do the body good," if the "body" belongs to someone with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). People with CKD are typically urged by their Dietitian to limit consumption of dairy products due to the fact that excess phosphorus cannot be excreted, increased calcium may lead to calcification and the inability to activate vitamin D can cause weakening of bones. Sometimes people consider low-fat milk and dairy as a better option, but are often surprised to learn that it is actually less kidney-friendly than the higher fat choices because low-fat milk contains higher levels of potassium and phosphorus.

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However, the New York Times reports that organic whole milk contains several beneficial nutrients such as omega-3 (found in fish) and omega-6 (found in vegetable oils) fatty acids, according to a new study published in PLOS One research journal. Both of which will certainly lessen the risk factor for Cardiovascular Disease, said Charles M. Benbrook, lead author and research professor at Washington State University's Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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While those with CKD may not be able to capture all of the health benefits from whole organic milk, they still can benefit from drinking effective milk alternatives. Milk alternatives, such as rice milk, nondairy creamer, soy milk and others, are available so that people who suffer from CKD do not have to give up milk altogether.

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In recent years, the number of alternative milk choices in the market has grown significantly. Soy milk can be found in most grocery stores and is one of the most cost-effective choices, but products such as rice milk and almond milk have also gained in popularity. Additionally, they are all lactose-free which is very important for many CKD patients. 

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Individual health benefits of these three types of milk alternatives depend upon your personal health goals. For example, someone quick to drink whatever has the lesser calories and a decent amount of core vitamins and minerals may grab some almond milk while someone more interested in magnesium, copper, and less sodium may find soy milk more refreshing. Still, someone looking for more calcium, phosphorus, and Vitamin B12 may find rice milk most healthy. Remember to check the labels for additives because some of these products contain significant amounts of potassium and/or phosphorus.  Still, KidneyBuzz.com encourages you to discuss with your Dietitian about which milk alternative is right for your diet. 

 

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References: 

"Milk Alternatives for People with Chronic Kidney Disease." Http://www.davita.com/. DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. 

Charles M. Benbrook, Gillian Butler, Maged A. Latif, Carlo Leifert, Donald R. Davis. "Organic Production Enhances Milk Nutritional Quality by Shifting Fatty Acid Composition: A United States–Wide, 18-Month Study."Http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0082429. PLOS ONE.

Bonar, Samantha. "Organic Milk Is Better for You -- And So Is Whole Milk."Http://blogs.laweekly.com/. LA Weekly.