People with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) who are on a renal diet must limit key nutrients which may include sodium, potassium and phosphorus. Although it may be frustrating to utilize labels on food products because they are difficult to understand and apply to your specialized renal diet, doing so can "immensely" improve their health.
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Due to the fact that damaged kidneys cannot eliminate excess sodium in the body it builds up and is linked to swelling in the hands, legs and face as well as high blood pressure and heart attack in people with CKD. Hence, CKD patients should look for sodium on the Nutrition Facts labels of their food. If it lists more than 300 milligrams of sodium for one serving size then the item is considered to have "high sodium" and should be avoided. Similarly, the American Heart Association recommends limiting cholesterol to 300 milligrams and consume as few trans fats as possible (zero is ideal).
Potassium chloride can be used in place of salt in some packaged foods, like canned soups and tomato products. High intake of potassium is considered to be above 200 milligrams while phosphorus is 130 milligrams. Although people with CKD should avoid foods in excess of these levels, companies are not compelled to list potassium and phosphorus levels on their labels and most do not. In such cases look for potassium on the ingredient list and limit foods with potassium on the ingredient list. When labels contain the words PHOS on the ingredient list (many packaged foods do), make a different selection as it likely contains higher levels of phosphorus.
research suggests that the ingredients listed on labels are in order of the amount concentrated in the given food. The food has the most of the first ingredient on the list and the least of the last ingredient on the list, according to the National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP). Although it has been proven that CKD patients get the best results when cooking at home, if you choose to go out to eat, many fast food restaurants will provide nutritional information about their meals upon your request. If you have any unanswered questions regarding mineral intake, recommends that you ask your Dietitian or Nephrologist before guessing and taking significant health risks.
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