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What are some diet recommendations for chronic kidney disease (CKD)?

If you have chronic kidney disease (CKD) your diet is very important. When you have CKD, eating right can help you feel better. Eating the kinds of foods that are good for your kidneys can help prevent or slow down problems from CKD. For example, your doctor might tell you to avoid junk food, but there are options. Your hospital team will talk to you and your family about healthy alternatives that taste just as good.

If you have chronic kidney disease (CKD), your phosphorus levels may be too high and you may need to avoid high-phosphorous foods. Talk to your dietitian and doctor about making changes to your diet and ask about a phosphate binder prescription.

Below is a list of foods high in phosphorus that you should either limit or avoid.

  • Some beverages, including ale, beer, chocolate drinks, cocoa drinks made with milk, canned iced teas and dark colas
  • Dairy products, including cheese, cottage cheese, custard, ice cream, milk pudding, cream soups and yogurt
  • Some proteins, including carp, crayfish, beef, liver, chicken liver, fish roe, organ meats, oysters and sardines
  • Dried beans and peas, including baked beans, black beans, chick peas, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, lentils, lima beans, northern beans, pork and beans, split pea and soy beans
  • Some other foods include: bran cereals, brewer’s yeast, caramels, nuts, seeds, wheat germ and whole grain products

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