15. Swiss chard, Spinach and Beet Greens
Spinach, beet greens and Swiss chard are all one of the healthiest leafy green vegetables, which pack up incredibly high concentrations of nutrients and minerals, particularly potassium. When you consume them raw, they deliver a concentration of potassium ranging between 140-290 mg in a one cup serving. However, when these leafy vegetables are cooked, their potassium content increases dramatically, even though their size shrinks.
For instance, half a cup of raw beet greens are reduced to no more than 1 tablespoon once they are cooked. Similarly, consuming half a cup of cooked spinach will also deliver your body a considerably higher density of potassium, much more than half a cup serving of uncooked spinach. So basically, while their serving size shrinks completely, the potassium content in this cooked leafy greens increases as you eat more.
As long as you are consuming mindfully moderate portions, it is fine to add raw spinach, beet green and Swiss chard to your salads. And completely avoid cooked meals of these leafy greens to avoid an overdose of potassium.
16. Dates, Raisins and Prunes
Prunes, raisins and dates are the most commonly consumed dried fruits, and these are popularly added to many baked goods and packaged desserts. Research reveals that when fruits are left to dry, all their nutrients, including their concentration of potassium, turn into a concentrated form.
For instance, a one cup serving of prunes packs up 1,274 mg of potassium, which is around five times greater than the concentration of potassium delivered by a one cup of serving of raw plums. Even more frightening is the potassium density of dates, which pack up a whopping 668 mg of potassium with just four dates.
Increased consumption of potassium is dangerous for patients suffering from kidney damage, and it is highly advisable to eliminate or at least reduce your potassium consumption in order to enjoy effective results from your renal diet. Prunes, dates and raisins simply cannot make to the list because of their dangerously high potassium concentration.
17. Pretzels, Chips and Crackers
Carb-loaded snacks and packaged foods such as crackers, chips and pretzels, are extremely low in nutrients, and they pack up a dangerously unhealthy amount of salt. Moreover, it is very easy to load up on huge portions of these foods, which causes a much greater consumption of salt than you may have intend to consume. If you are consuming packaged chips made with potatoes, then they will provide your body a considerably unhealthy and high amounts of potassium as well.
Since they are loaded with high amounts of potassium, sodium and waist-thickening carbs, it is best to avoid them altogether. Patients suffering from kidney disease must focus on reducing their consumption of phosphorus, potassium and sodium as their reduction is strongly related to reducing and managing the symptoms.
It can be extremely challenging to follow through with a renal diet because the lack of delicious treats on your menu make eating very restrictive and disappointing. However, it is important to avoid foods that are packed with dangerously high amounts of phosphorus, sodium and potassium.
Be sure to consult your specialist, a nutritionist or a renal dietitian to help you design a diet plan that is specific to your renal condition. Naturally, the restrictions and dietary suggestions that you must follow will depend on the severity of your symptoms and the extent of kidney damage your body has suffered.