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Myth Buster: Are beans included in a kidney-friendly diet?

September 8, 2023 Carlos Hernandez Comments Off

It’s a common myth that you can’t eat beans with CKD due the potassium and phosphorus content in the food, however beans can be very beneficial in a kidney-friendly diet.

Here are the facts:

  1. Beans do contain some potassium and phosphorus, however it is less absorbed by the body than the potassium and phosphorus found in animal products, such as chicken or beef.
  2. Beans contain plant protein which is associated with decreased toxin production and lower levels of inflammation in CKD.
  3. Beans contain fiber which helps your body eliminate excess waste and can help improve cholesterol levels.

Those are some great reasons to include beans in your diet. Let us know if you have any questions in the comments!


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Disclaimer: This blog post is intended for informational purposes only and should not replace professional medical advice. Individuals with polychronic conditions should consult their healthcare team for personalized dietary recommendations based on their specific needs and conditions.