It is a common myth that you can’t drink coffee if you have CKD. If you enjoy coffee, that can be a very disappointing thing to learn! However, coffee can totally be included in a kidney-friendly diet. There are a few factors to consider:
Coffee contains 116 mg of potassium per 8 ounces. In that serving size, coffee is considered a low potassium drink. If you are consuming several cups during the day, this amount can add up.
Coffee is a liquid, so if you are following a fluid restriction, it is important to count coffee in your daily fluid intake.
Coffee contains caffeine, which has the potential to raise blood pressure levels in large amounts.
Dairy and non-dairy creamers can be a source of phosphorus and potassium. Many store-bought creamers contain phosphorus and potassium additives which can easily lead to high blood levels of potassium and phosphorus if consumed in excess.
There is even some research that indicates drinking coffee may reduce the risk for CKD, albuminuria, and CKD-related mortality. However, more research is needed to confirm the impact of coffee consumption on clinical outcomes in kidney disease.
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Renal Care 360° Registered Dietitian Bethany Keith
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.