What foods could be harmful to your kidneys?

If you're cleaning house, start in the kitchen. Besides dust bunnies and canned fruits that have outlived their expiration dates, get ready to clear out some common grocery items that could be wrecking your body's filter -- the kidneys:
  • The salt shaker. Believe it or not, Americans today consume 50% more than the recommended daily quantity of sodium. Diets high in sodium increase blood pressure levels, and high blood pressure damages the kidneys over time. Your daily limit of salt should be one teaspoon, which equals 2,300 mg of sodium.
  • The red meat. High-protein diets, especially those containing large quantities of animal protein, may harm the kidneys. Red meat is also high in saturated fat -- another no-no.
  • The soda. Sugar-sweetened beverages, such as sodas, are high in calories and contain no nutritional value. Consumption of these beverages has recently been linked to the presence of protein in the urine, one of the earliest signs of kidney disease. Colas also have phosphorus additives, which can harm the kidneys.
  • The processed food. Crackers, potato chips, deli meats, cheese spreads and instant potato mix are all examples of processed foods that are high in sodium and phosphorus additives -- both which can have negative effects on the kidneys.
  • The sugar. An overdose of sugar can lead to health problems such as diabetes and obesity. These are risk factors for kidney disease, so eliminating or reducing sugar intake can reduce your risk as well.

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