What fruits can I eat if I am on hemodialysis?

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All fruits have some potassium, but certain fruits have more than others and should be limited or totally avoided if you are on hemodialysis. Limiting potassium protects your heart.

Eat 2-3 servings of low-potassium fruits each day. One serving equals 1/2 cup of fruit, 1 small fruit or 4 ounces of juice.

The following are good examples of low-potassium fruits and fruit drinks:
  • Apple (1)
  • Berries (1/2 cup)
  • Cherries (10)
  • Fruit cocktail, drained (1/2 cup)
  • Grapes (15)
  • Peach (1 small fresh or canned, drained)
  • Pear, fresh or canned, drained (1 half)
  • Pineapple (1/2 cup canned, drained)
  • Plums (1-2)
  • Tangerine (1)
  • Watermelon (1 small wedge)
  • Apple cider
  • Cranberry juice cocktail
  • Grape juice
  • Lemonade

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