Nutrition is critical to the success of any Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patient or those with Diabetes. Many with these diseases seek information outside the simple direction of their Healthcare team. Haven't you gone online and searched for information about Chronic Kidney Disease and/or Diabetes? Perhaps, you just came across an interesting article that you HAD to read, such as this article?
Regardless of how you got the information, based upon recent emails we received, KidneyBuzz.com realizes there is quite a bit of misinformation circulating within the CKD/Diabetic community. Although some myths may be relatively harmless, we have identified a few that could be harmful and disruptive to your quality of life. So take a peek and see if you have fallen for any of these common myths.
After a long day of Dialysis or when your Blood Sugar has dipped, you do not feel like cooking, but you've got to eat. You have leftovers from the night prior, yet you do not want to heat them in your microwave because you are concerned that much of the nutrients will be "zapped" away. Why? Many believe that microwaves rob food of its nutritional value. This is simply not the case. Research of microwaving food as compared to traditional cooking methods reveal minimal differences. In some cases, microwaving may even help retain more water-soluble nutrients that are generally lost from steaming. So you should feel free to heat up meals in the microwave, rather than struggling to cook a new dish or settling for less healthy fast food.
Lack of protein is a consistent issue for many with Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes. It may lead to low energy levels and an overall poor diet. Still, those with these diseases are hesitant to eat eggs because "Eggs make your blood cholesterol high, and increase the chances of heart attacks and strokes." Does this sound like you? If so, you should know that studies actually show only a small number of people have an increase in cholesterol when eggs are consumed. In fact eggs are not bad, and they contain the vitamins A, D, E and egg whites are low in phosphorus. Surprised? We have more, just keep reading!
It's a long-held nutrition myth that all fats are bad. Still the fact is, we all need fat. Fats aid nutrient absorption and nerve transmission - to name just a few of their useful purposes. However, when consumed in excessive amounts, fats contribute to weight gain, heart disease and certain types of cancers. The key is to replace bad fats (saturated fats and trans fats) with good fats (monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats).
KidneyBuzz.com has several more myths to share with you. However, we want to make sure you find this type of information helpful. If you want more information on nutrition myths just head over to Facebook and "Like" this article or leave a comment asking for more information. As you may have noticed if you have dealt with us previously, we are very responsive. See you soon!
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