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What vegetables can I eat if I am on hemodialysis?

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

Eat 2-3 servings of low-potassium vegetables each day. One serving equals 1/2 cup.

The following are good, low-potassium vegetables:
  • Broccoli (raw or cooked from frozen)
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots (cooked)
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Green and wax beans (string beans)
  • Lettuce, all types (1 cup)
  • Onion
  • Peppers, all types and colors
  • Radishes
  • Watercress
  • Zucchini and yellow squash

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