The spring season is here once again! For Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients, the spring brings with it longer days and warmer weather as well as a new crop of fresh produce that may be used to enhance the Renal and Diabetic Diets while improving overall patient health outcomes. Selecting seasonal produce is important for Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients because it is fresher, more nutritious, less expensive (great for a fixed budget), better tasting, limits overseas contaminates (patients have a weaker immune system), and more appropriately supports the body’s natural nutritional needs.
No single fruit or vegetable offers Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients all of the nutrients they need, but enjoying a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables while maintaining your dietary restrictions are an important part of a healthy Renal and/or Diabetic diet. Harvard University noted, "A diet rich in vegetables and fruits can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke (leading cause of death in the Chronic Kidney Disease Community), prevent some types of cancer, lower risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect on blood sugar which can help keep appetite in check."
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The National Kidney Foundation said, "Eat two to three servings of low potassium fruits each day. One serving = a one-half (1/2) cup or one small fruit or four ounces of juice." They offered similar advice for vegetable consumption, "Eat two to three servings of low-potassium vegetables each day. One serving = a one-half (1/2) cup."
For the best in season flavor and value, look for these spring fruits and vegetables which have been tailored for the Renal and Diabetic Diets next time you are at the grocery store or Farmer's Market:
- Carrots - One serving is a one-half cup.
- Broccoli - One serving is a one-half cup.
- Cabbage - One serving is a one-half cup.
- Radishes - One serving is a one-half cup.
- Snow Peas - One serving is a one-half cup.
- Spring (Scallion) Onions - One serving is a one-half cup.
- Vidalia (Yellow) Onions - One serving is a one-half cup.
- Lettuce - One serving of all types is one (1) cup.
- Zucchini - One serving is a one-half cup.
- Cherries - One serving is ten (10) cherries.
- Pineapple - One serving is a one-half cup.
- Strawberries - One serving is a one-half cup.
Consider printing this article or writing down the names of these tasty tailored spring season fruits and vegetables and keep it handy for the next time you go shopping. When you are enjoying this ultra-healthy select produce as a snack or a great tasting meal, you will thank KidneyBuzz.com for the very fresh taste, great nutritional benefits, and the cash savings. Be sure to bookmark KidneyBuzz.com on your computer, tablet or mobile device (click here) for more great tips and insights.
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