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May 19, 2011

Soy milk or cow’s milk: the best choice for kidney diets

13 Comments to “Soy milk or cow’s milk: the best choice for kidney diets”

  1. Kevin Marx said,

    May 19, 2011 @ 6:54 pm

    Wow, I had no clue! I have PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) and I’ve been meaning to see a nutritionist about getting on a kidney based diet.

    I’ve become lactose intolerant over the years (not sure how that happened, but it has none-the-less) so for the last 5 years or so I’ve removed cow milk and replaced it with Soy milk.

    Recently, I began experimenting with Almond Milk – (I personally like the taste better than Soy). How does Almond Milk compare to regular and Soy?


  2. joun scope said,

    September 15, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

    Is Rice milk better than soy milk for kidney disease? Is almond milk OK for kidney disease?

  3. Wendy said,

    October 20, 2011 @ 6:38 pm

    I have IgA Nephropathy;Which milk is best for me?

  4. DaVita Dietitian Sara said,

    December 10, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

    The type of milk and amount to consume are based of your labs. Generally milk substitutes are recommended for those who need to decrease intake of potassium and phosphorus. Your dietitian and doctor can provide more guidance.

  5. Ken Ortiz said,

    September 23, 2012 @ 6:35 am

    I am a Davita patient. thank you for the information

  6. devraj agarwal said,

    January 31, 2013 @ 5:29 am

    my father is a heart patient and his rite kidney is short i give soya milk to him is there any problume to continuing this milk.

  7. DaVita Dietitian Sara said,

    February 28, 2013 @ 6:08 pm

    Sorry, I am unable to answer your question based on the information provided–this one is best presented to his doctor or dietitian.

  8. Catherine McCauley said,

    May 25, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

    I the number 5m high for a
    Potassium level? thank you, Cathy

  9. DaVita Dietitian Sara said,

    June 15, 2013 @ 4:23 pm

    5 milligrams is very low potassium. For fruits and vegetables aim for those that are 250 mg or lower in potassium. If you are on a very strict low potassium diet or having problems with high potassium levels aim for fruits and vegetables with less than 200 mg potassium and be aware of serving size and the number of servings you eat each day.

  10. avis wright said,

    February 21, 2015 @ 7:27 am

    My daughter gets dialisys twice a week. The doctor told her she had to be on a low potassium and low phosfate diet. She wants to eat cereal and drink milk, we want to know if there is a. Non dairy product that is safe for her to enjoy. Sshe was told no dairy products.. I thought maybea rice. Milk or maybe a soy.it can,t be. Nut based. Can you help?

  11. Judi said,

    April 9, 2015 @ 12:58 pm

    how can you recommend soy milk wiyh 340mg of potassium? ?

  12. DaVita Dietitian Sara said,

    July 30, 2015 @ 5:22 pm

    I am not recommending, but rather providing the nutrient information and research related to soy and kidney disease. Each individual must taylor their food choice to the diet recommended by their doctor and dietitian based of lab results and other considerations. There are other milk substitutes lower in potassium such as rice milk and almond milk.

  13. DaVita Dietitian Sara said,

    July 30, 2015 @ 5:41 pm

    Rice milk, almond milk and coconut milk are available as milk substitutes. Look at the label and ingredients to compare potassium and to avoid products with phosphate additives.

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