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

National Kidney Foundation
National Kidney Foundation
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.

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