If a Chronic Kidney Disease or Dialysis patient is casually turning through the local television stations, they may come across Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. any given day. McCargo makes frequent guest appearances on Spike TV's Bar Rescue. He is also the Season Four winner of, The Next Food Network Star, and former host of Big Daddy’s House on the Food Network. What's more, Chef McCargo has begun working closely with Renal (Kidney) Dietitians to tailor tasty recipes which meet Dialysis patient's dietary restrictions. According to Fresenius Medical Care, his mission is to get Chronic Kidney Disease patients, especially those on Dialysis, "excited about spending time in the kitchen." Chef McCargo does this by combating the typically boring Renal diet recipes, and offering delectable dishes that have big, bold flavors and still fit perfectly into a Dialysis patient's meal plan. The following are a list of Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr.'s favorite top herbs and spices which provide Dialysis patients the most delicious and impactful flavor with none of the side effects of less healthy options.
Although sodium is the most abundant element on earth and is essential for the body to conduct necessary functions, all Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients know that they have to avoid salt to prevent very serious side effects such as fluid build-up which may directly lead to discomfort, Edema (swelling), shortness of breath, and even Heart Failure.
Due to the fact that most seasonings which advertise "Salt Substitute" are higher in potassium and can be even more harmful than salt itself for many Chronic Kidney Disease patients, individuals conducting Dialysis often find it difficult to remove salt based seasonings from their diet. Hence, try the following alternative herbs and spices which are offered by Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. and tailored for Dialysis patients:
1.) Smoked Paprika
5.) Chili Powder
10.) Dried Peppers
The idea is to replace salt and unhealthy options with rich, bold healthier alternatives. For instance, if a Chronic Kidney Disease or Dialysis patient is craving the taste of a nice slice of bacon, they may consider seasoning a chicken breast with strong smokey spices such as smoked paprika, cumin or chili powder. Chef McCargo said, "You need to amplify the ingredients in a recipe that will make the most difference." Hence, whether your taste preference is for salty, sweet, sour or savory flavors, you can find herbs and spices that mimic the flavor of your favorite dishes.
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