How much bread, grains and cereals can I eat if I am on hemodialysis?

If you are on hemodialysis, unless you need to limit your calorie intake for weight loss and/or manage carbohydrate intake for blood sugar control, you may eat as much as you desire of grains, cereals and breads. They are a good source of calories. Most people need 6-11 servings from this food group each day.

Amounts equal to one serving:
  • 1 slice bread (white, rye or sourdough)
  • 1/2 English muffin
  • 1/2 bagel
  • 1/2 hamburger bun
  • 1/2 hot dog bun
  • 1 6-inch tortilla
  • 1/2 cup cooked pasta
  • 1/2 cup cooked white rice
  • 1/2 cup cooked cereal (like Cream of Wheat)
  • 1 cup cold cereal (like corn flakes or crispy rice)
  • 4 unsalted crackers
  • 1-1/2 cups unsalted popcorn
  • 10 vanilla wafers 
Avoid whole grain and high fiber foods (like whole wheat bread, bran cereal and brown rice) to help you limit your intake of phosphorus. By limiting dairy-based foods, you protect your bones and blood vessels.

Continue Learning about Dialysis


Healthy kidneys remove waste from your blood and produce hormones your body needs. If your kidneys fail, you either need a kidney transplant or dialysis. Dialysis is a procedure that uses a machine to perform many of the functions ...

of the kidney. Dialysis can help prevent problems resulting from kidney failure and it allows people with kidney failure to live productive lives. Dialysis filters your blood, and like a health kidney, removes waste from your blood. Patients using dialysis are also required to follow a strict diet in order to stay healthy. There are two types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. There are different advantages and disadvantages with both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Talk to your doctor about which type of dialysis would work better for you.

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