A KidneyBuzz.com viewer asked, "What protein bars are available for dialysis patients?"
Many Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients suffer from low protein levels due to the loss of Kidney Function. This leads to weakness, low energy, longer healing times, increased infections, and more. While protein is found in meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and seafood, it often is not enough for most patients which require supplements. While options such as Nepro have been recommended, dangers of excess fluids for patients on Dialysis cause many to hesitate because they do not want Nepro to replace other fluids they would prefer drinking. Hence, protein bars are a great alternative but can be confusing since there are so many different types of protein bars available. Using the following tips and brands to select the best bars for you:
When buying a protein bar it’s best to check the nutrition facts on the packaging. Use these guidelines when choosing a protein bar or ask your dietitian for help.
Protein: 15 grams or more
Potassium: 200 milligrams or less
Phosphorus: 150 milligrams/15 % or less of the Daily Value
Sodium: 300 milligrams or less
Specifically, Protein Bars that have been noted to be safe for the typical Dialysis patient include: Balance Bars, Pure Protein Bars, ZonePerfect Bars, ProMax Protein Bars, and PowerBar Protein Plus.
Recommended Reading: Top 5 Best Ways CKD And Dialysis Patients Can Help Improve Their Diets
Use these guidelines and enjoy protein bars with the assistance of your Healthcare Team for additional recommendations and insights. What is your favorite Protein Bar? What are some other tips you use to combat low protein, weakness, and infection? Your insights could be very helpful to other patients so share your responses with the nearly 78,000 friends who have liked the KidneyBuzz.com Facebook Page (click here). Also, consider following the nearly 250,000 monthly visitors on KidneyBuzz.com for your Number One (1) source of Daily News, Information, Impact Meals, Inspirational Quotes, and tailored Products and Services which teach Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis, Kidney Transplant, Diabetes and High Blood Pressure patients how to better manage and improve their lives.