Kidney failure requires a diet that is low in potassium. Some fruits and vegetables that are low in potassium (with less than 100 mg of potassium in a ½ cup serving) include: applesauce, blueberries, cranberries, lemons or limes, pears, cabbage, cucumber, green beans, leeks, iceberg lettuce, water chestnuts, and bamboo shoots. The process of leaching will help to pull some potassium out of many high-potassium vegetables. A renal dietitian can provide you with additional information or answers to specific renal diet concerns. To find a local dietitian, visit www.eatright.org. You also may find it helpful to browse the diet and nutrition tips at the National Kidney Foundation website www.kidney.org.
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