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which fruits and veggies are renal friendly

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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The Expert: Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, MS, RDN, is the President and CEO of the Produce for Better Health (PBH) Foundation. At PBH, she guides the Foundation’s efforts to advance the overall effort of increasing fruit and vegetable consumption.
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