10 Foods to Avoid If You Have Kidney Disease

A healthy diet is essential for controlling renal illness and preventing further damage. Some diets include high levels of sodium, potassium, phosphorus, or other chemicals that strain the kidneys. Kidney disease patients should avoid these 10 foods.


1. Processed Meats

It's bad for your kidneys to eat a lot of cooked meats and deli meats, like bacon, sausage, and deli meats. Instead, choose fresh, lean foods.

2. Canned Foods

As a preservative, canned soups, veggies, and other foods often have a lot of sodium in them. Choose foods that are low in sodium or don't have any extra salt, or even better, pick foods that are fresh or frozen.

3. Pickles and Olives

These foods have a lot of salt, which can make your blood pressure go up and put stress on your kidneys. Cut down on your intake or choose types that are low in sodium.

4. Whole Wheat Bread

People who already have kidney disease may not be able to handle the phosphorus in whole wheat bread. Pick white bread or breads that are low in phosphorus.

5. Bananas

Bananas have a lot of potassium, which can be bad for people with kidney disease, especially if their kidneys aren't working right. Select foods with less potassium, like apples, berries, or grapes.

6. Oranges and Orange Juice

Citrous fruits and orange juice both have a lot of potassium, just like bananas. Limit how much you drink or choose fruit juices with less potassium, like apple or cherry.

7. Avocados

Avocados are a healthy food that also has a lot of potassium. If you have kidney disease, you should either eat them in small amounts or not at all.

8. Tomatoes and Tomato Products

There is a lot of potassium in tomatoes and foods made with tomatoes, like sauces and ketchup. If you like tomatoes, try to eat them in moderation and choose foods that are low in potassium when you can.

9. Seeds and nuts

So, nuts and seeds are not as good for your kidneys because they have a lot of phosphorus. Limit the amount of nuts and seeds you eat if you have kidney disease, or choose types that are lower in phosphorus, like sunflower or almond seeds.

10. Sugary Drinks and Soft Drinks

Soft drinks and other sugary drinks have a lot of phosphorus, which can make you gain weight and cause other health problems. Instead, drink water, green tea, or other drinks that are low in phosphorus.

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