Foods to Avoid for Kidney Health

Kidney health is an important thing to consider when going to the grocery store. Some foods are better for your kidneys than others. At AFC Urgent Care New Britain, our physicians can provide a variety of lab tests to ensure your kidneys are working properly. They can also provide you with information and resources you may need to maintain or improve kidney levels. Visit us today to make your health a priority.

What causes kidney disease?

Diabetes and high blood pressure are the two most common reasons for kidney disease. Heart disease, alcoholism, hepatitis C, and HIV can also cause kidney disease in adults. When the kidneys become damaged due to any of these causes, they cannot filter the blood properly. This can cause a buildup of fluid or waste in the blood. Your kidneys also produce hormones, balance minerals in the body, and maintain a proper fluid balance, so kidney health is important to your overall health.

Certain foods can make kidney disease in some patients worse. If your kidney levels are at a safe level, you do not need to avoid these foods. Always speak with a doctor if you are concerned about kidney health or want to make a conscious effort to improve your kidney functions.

Foods to avoid eating with kidney disease

Canned Foods

Canned foods typically have a lot of added sodium that helps to preserve their shelf life. Canned foods such as soups, vegetables, and beans should be avoided for those with kidney disease. Typically, there are low-sodium options available in grocery stores, and draining and rinsing canned beans can help to reduce sodium. 

Whole Grains

Whole wheat bread is recommended for healthy adults due to its high fiber content, but for those with kidney disease, whole grains contain high amounts of potassium and phosphorus. Additionally, most bread products have high levels of sodium, regardless of their type. 

Brown rice is also high in phosphorus and potassium, like whole-wheat bread. Pearled barley and couscous are good alternatives to brown rice that are lower in phosphorus. 

Fruits High in Potassium 

Certain fruits are known for their nutritional value but are very high in potassium. Avocados, bananas, oranges, and apricots all contain high potassium levels that are not good for those with kidney disease. Avocados, for example, contain 37% of daily recommended potassium. Grapes, apples, cranberries, and pineapple are all good alternatives that have lower potassium. Always speak with your doctor for recommendations on your specific needs.