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Can Cottage Cheese Be Eaten When One Has Kidney Failure

2014-07-25 01:58

Can Cottage Cheese Be Eaten When One Has Kidney FailureIs cottage cheese healthy for kidney failure patients? Or not? Yes, but in moderation. Cottage cheese is good. When kidney failure patients are aiming for good health, then this should be a part of their diet. It is tasty and nutritious, but should be eaten in moderation.

Cottage cheese can be eaten due to the following health benefits:

1. Healthy fatty acids

Cottage cheese is a source of healthy fatty acids and is beneficial to individuals with diabetes. Dairy products contain the unsaturated fatty trans-palmitoleic acid, which helps reduce diabetes risk. It is researched that by Harvard University that individuals with high levels of trans-palmitoleic acid in their bloodstream from consuming dairy products are three times less likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to people with low levels of the fatty acid. Diabetes is a leading factor of kidney disease, so prevention of diabetes is necessary. From this aspect, cottage cheese can be eaten.

2. Vitamins and minerals

Calcium in cottage cheese is beneficial to kidney failure patients with bone problems. Vitamin A is important for the growth and development of cells and vitamin B can provide energy for you from the foods you eat.

3. Protein

Protein is important for our body health. When a renal patient first exhibit signs of kidney failure, it is necessary to restrict the amount of protein ingested in order to avoid excess stress on kidneys with the goal of delaying the need for dialysis. However, for dialysis patients, it is important for the patients to increase protein intake with standard food source of protein including dairy products, fish, chicken and egg white. In this case, cottage cheese can be eaten, but in moderation.

Cottage cheese does have one unhealthy ingredient-salt. Limit cottage cheese if kidney failure patients are on a low-sodium diet.

In summary, generally speaking, cottage cheese can be eaten by people with renal failure, but it does not mean all kidney disease patients can eat it. How much you can eat and whether you can eat depend on your medical conditions.

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