9. Processed Meats
There is an abundance of research that establishes a direct association between the regular consumption of processed meats and the risk factors of chronic ailments. Processed meats are considered one of the unhealthiest diet staples because they pack up an alarmingly high concentration of preservations.
Basically, processed meats are meats that have been canned, dried, salted or cured, for instance sausages, bacon, pepperoni, jerky and hot dogs. Processed meats are brimming with dangerously high quantities of salt, which is added to improve its flavor and preserve the taste for a longer shelf life. Moreover, these processed meats also pack up a high density of protein, and if your doctor has specifically instructed you to reduce your protein consumption, consuming processed meats regularly is an unhealthy habit for you.
If your diet is brimming with processed meats, you will find it extremely challenging to keep your daily sodium consumption less than 2000 mg, along with effectively managing your protein consumption.
10. Pickles, Olives & Relish
Pickles, relish and processed olives are the most commonly consumed kinds of cured or pickled foods. The process of pickling and curing involves the addition of unusually large and unhealthy amounts of salts. For instance, one spear of pickle tends to pack up over 300 mg of sodium. Similarly, a serving as small as 2 tablespoons of sweet pickled relish packs up a dangerously high 244 mg of sodium.
Processed olives that are fermented and cured to make their flavor less bitter are also soaked in salt to alter the bitter taste. Five green pickled olives pack up an alarming 195 mg sodium, which happens to be a dangerous high portion of sodium in such a tiny portion size. Majority of the supermarkets and grocery stores provide low-sodium varieties of olives, relish and pickles that tend to pack up less salt than their traditional counterparts. However, keep in mind that even the varieties with reduced-sodium tend to pack up high amounts of sodium.
Therefore, it is best to restrict yourself from consuming processed olives, pickles and relish, and if you must have them, consume mindfully small quantities.
Apricots are a powerful superfood as they pack up an incredibly rich concentration of various essential nutrients and minerals, including fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C. Unfortunately for patients suffering with kidney damage, they also pack up dangerously high quantities of potassium. Just one cup of raw apricots packs up a whopping 427 mg of potassium.
When apricots are dried, their potassium content gets more concentrated and boosted. A one cup serving of dried apricots pack up more than 1500 mg of potassium. This basically indicates that consuming no more than one cup of dried apricots will brim up your body with more than 75% of the 2000 mg potassium restrictions for an effective renal diet.
It is important to eliminate apricots, particularly dried apricots to enjoy effective results of a successful renal diet.