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Are Instant Grits Ok for CKD Patients

2017-03-19 08:08

Are Instant Grits Ok for CKD PatientsAre instant grits ok for patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)? Grits are nutritious foods. Generally, it is ok for CKD patients to eat grits.

1. Fiber in grits

Grits contain fiber which promotes satiety, help regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and promote a healthy digestive system. In this way, constipation in kidney patients can be relieved.

2. Folate

Grits can increase your folate intake. Folate, also known as folic acid, is a B vitamin that aids in the production of DNA and the health of new cells. Folate is also able to prevent anemia. Kidney patients can eat grits.

3. Iron intake

Grits contain iron which is responsible for carrying life-sustaining oxygen, but it also helps make amino acids and supports the immune system. With a strong immunity, it is able to fight against diseases and prevent further damage.

Generally it is ok for CKD patients to eat grits. Besides, the following is a general guide for people who have kidney disease.

1. Get the right amount of protein

Eating too much protein can burden your kidneys. But if you do not get enough, you can become weak, tired, and more likely to get infections. Thus, it is important for you to get right amount of protein. Limit high protein foods to 5 to 7 ounces a day or less. High protein foods include meat, poultry, seafood and eggs. Milk, milk products, beans, nuts, breads, pastas, cereals and vegetables also contain protein.

2. Limit sodium intake

Do not add salt to your food. Buy foods that are labeled no salt added, sodium-free or low sodium. Foods like pretzels, chips and popcorn.

3. Limit fluids

Count the liquid in canned fruits and vegetables as part of your daily intake.

4. Limit potassium

Choose low potassium fruits and vegetables such as cucumber, radishes, blueberries and raspberries.

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