What foods should I avoid that are high in phosphorus?

Phosphorus, a mineral found in bones is responsible for healthy, strong bones and teeth. It is the second most abundant mineral in the body next to calcium. Normal functioning kidneys can remove extra phosphorus in your blood. When you have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) your kidneys cannot remove phosphorus effectively. High phosphorus levels can cause calcium to be pulled out of your bones, making them weak. High phosphorus and calcium levels also lead to risky calcium deposits in blood vessels, lungs, eyes, and heart. Foods high in phosphorus are listed below.
  • Beverages: Ale, beer, chocolate drinks, cocoa drinks made with milk, canned iced teas, dark colas
  • Dairy Products: Cheese cottage, cheese custard ice, cream milk, pudding, cream soups, yogurt
  • Protein: Carp, crayfish, beef liver, chicken liver, fish roe, organ meats, oysters, sardines
  • Vegetables/dried beans and peas: Baked beans, black beans, chick peas, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, lentils, lima beanss, northern beans, pork’n beans, split peas, soy beans
  • Other foods: Bran cereals, brewer’s yeast, caramels, nuts, seeds, wheat germ, whole grain products

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