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July 9, 2010

Best cereal choices for the kidney diet

31 Comments to “Best cereal choices for the kidney diet”

  1. Raymond E. Davis said,

    August 4, 2010 @ 11:26 pm

    I only recently learned about Davita. I am learning a great C K C.
    Thanks for being there.

  2. Raymond E. Davis said,

    August 4, 2010 @ 11:30 pm

    Thanks for the help and information about CKD.


  3. Celia said,

    April 1, 2013 @ 5:35 pm

    I love cereal and am thankful for your advice. What may I use for milk in cereal? What kind of bread may I eat. I’m ckd 3.

  4. DaVita Dietitian Sara said,

    June 15, 2013 @ 4:55 pm

    You can limit milk to 4 ounces on your cereal or you can use rice milk, almond milk or coconut milk without phosphate additives. Check the food labels for phosphorus if available and pick the lowest one. Select breads without phosphate additives. In stage 3 CKD whole grain breads are not restricted, so choose a healthy bread you like.

  5. patsy matehws said,

    June 19, 2013 @ 10:44 pm

    Thanks for this excellent information. I will mix some of the allowed fruits on the cereal.

  6. Linda Simpson said,

    August 25, 2013 @ 11:11 am

    What kind of meat is best to eat. How bad is pizza for you, I am stage 3. Thank you

  7. DaVita Dietitian Sara said,

    September 19, 2013 @ 7:15 am

    In stage 3 CKD controlling sodium to help maintain normal blood pressure is a high priority. The best meats to eat are fresh, without additives. Lower fat choices are best. Pizza is not forbidden, but try for a healthier version without the high sodium meats and more veggies. DaVita.com has several kidney-friendly pizza recipes you can try.

  8. Alma MacPherson said,

    October 7, 2013 @ 9:18 pm

    I was told that multi grain Cheerios were a good choice in cold cereals…is that true?

  9. DaVita Dietitian Sara said,

    October 8, 2013 @ 9:13 am

    Yes, the multi-grain Cheerios are actually lower in potassium and phosphorus compared to regular Cheerios if you compare a one ounce portion (1 cup multi-grain, 1-1/4 cup regular). Both are a good source of fiber with over 2.5 grams per serving.

  10. Darlene Young said,

    November 11, 2013 @ 4:41 pm

    Thanks So much for this information. I’m new at this and Im really trying to figure out what to eat. I’m also stage 3-4

  11. Mary Ann Ruiz said,

    November 21, 2013 @ 1:07 pm

    My doctor has told me nothing about diet, she said I had stage 3 CKD, and that was all! So God Bless you for all you are doing for us. I’m learning so much from you. I guess the Key is to read labels first and for-most.

  12. yvonne said,

    January 1, 2014 @ 7:53 am

    Thanks for the help. Don’t know much about ckd.. butI’m 6.1 my number. Can it be reversed. protein in urine. not on dialysis yet. my doctor have not given me any instructions. help!

  13. DaVita Dietitian Sara said,

    January 7, 2014 @ 12:07 pm

    Diet can be very helpful in delaying or preventing kidney damage. Work with your kidney healthcare team to learn more about your individualized needs.

  14. nasima khanom said,

    April 27, 2014 @ 7:08 am

    I am a patient of CKD 3. I want to know is oatmeal good for me?

  15. DaVita Dietitian Sara said,

    April 28, 2014 @ 4:38 pm

    Yes oatmeal is acceptable for a kidney diet. Because it is unrefined the phosphorus is higher than some other cereals but it eaten in a reasonable amount this should not be a problem unless you are experiencing high phosphorus levels.

  16. Leona Perez said,

    July 11, 2014 @ 11:25 am

    You said that oatmeal is acceptable in a reasonable amount. Is the one serving size listed on the carton within that range or should it be less? I was told to follow a low potassium diet with no instructions or information on what to do. Upon discharge from the hospital for hyperkalemia I was handed 6 pages of information. Three pages consisted of information on hyperkalemia and the other three were fruit and vegetables not to eat. I am so lost out here and frightened out of my mind.

  17. Bill said,

    August 5, 2014 @ 8:31 am

    I have 3 CKD and do not have high blood pressure, nor diabetes. Is reduction in sodium important in my case?

  18. Marj said,

    August 9, 2014 @ 10:03 pm

    I’ve been using My Fitness Pal app to try to check sodium, potassium, phosphorus, and fats in foods. Often the nutritional information provided is incomplete. Are there other apps I could try? This would help me a lot as I tryto navigate this nutritional maze.

  19. DaVita Dietitian Sara said,

    August 26, 2014 @ 8:22 am

    DaVita has a Food Analyzer that filters the items and only includes items with the nutrients of concern–including potassium and phosphorus. Go to DaVita.com/FoodAnalyzer to check it out. We chose to include all the foods in our DaVita Diet Helper database to provide more choices but have marked items with missing values. You can also add your own foods. Check it at DaVita.com/DietHelper.

  20. DaVita Dietitian Sara said,

    September 22, 2014 @ 2:43 pm

    Try using the DaVita Diet Helper www/davita.com/diethelper as it lets you know which items have/don’t have potassium and phosphorus values. You can use it to track on your mobile device too.

  21. DaVita Dietitian Sara said,

    September 22, 2014 @ 2:44 pm

    Usually not but that’s a better question for your doctor.

  22. DaVita Dietitian Sara said,

    September 22, 2014 @ 2:46 pm

    1/2 cup cooked oatmeal is acceptable.
    Here is a link to a low potassium article . I hope it helps!

  23. Nicole Schreiber said,

    January 28, 2015 @ 6:22 pm

    i find it difficult to separate good foods and not allowed foods,not to many people have heard about Quran, is it a seed ir a grain?

  24. Nicole Schreiber said,

    January 28, 2015 @ 6:22 pm

    Thank you

  25. DiannaE said,

    February 1, 2015 @ 8:00 am

    I have stage 4 CKD and I have always been a junk food junkie and a very picky eater. I’m stuck, I really need a detailed diet for me, I really need a life change in my eating habits. Can someone help please! Is there a diet plan out there that I can use day by day, I really need to know how to do this, I’m very stressed and hungry. Spell it out for me, what can I eat, I’ve been to a renal class, but it is not enough, it only made me scared and I am still confused. Help!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. Mary said,

    June 25, 2015 @ 4:41 am

    Is Grapenuts cereal ok to eat? I’m diabetic, stage 4 CKD not on dialysis.

  27. Nat Silvers said,

    July 22, 2015 @ 6:29 am

    My phosphorus is fine but potassium is high…I have oatmeal just a few times a week but would like to know about Grits..Can’t find how much potassium or phosphorus it has…

  28. DaVita Dietitian Sara said,

    July 30, 2015 @ 4:18 pm

    A cup of cooked grits contains 69 mg potassium and 51 mg phosphorus compared to 1 cup of cooked oatmeal which has 164 mg potassium and 180 mg phosphorus. About 50% of the phosphorus from whole grains like oats is absorbed.

  29. DaVita Dietitian Sara said,

    July 30, 2015 @ 4:31 pm

    Grape-Nuts cereal is not a good choice for a kidney diet due to high sodium (270 mg/half a cup), high potassium (230 mg/half a cup) and high phosphorus (200 mg/half a cup). This portion also contains 47 grams of carbohydrate.

  30. wag thomas said,

    August 22, 2015 @ 3:16 pm

    Hello all,I’ve known I’ve got CKD3B for 5 weeks,had a kidney biopsy 3 weeks ago and still no treatment or diet from my ”doctors”what stage have I got to get to to get treatment or any help from anyone ? I too am a little worried about heart attack or strokes I’ve been told I’m a very high risk of having,I live in the UK,please advise me on anything helpful,bye.

  31. DaVita Dietitian Sara said,

    September 8, 2015 @ 3:06 pm

    Check the DaVita.com website for education information to help get answers. Also the DaVita discussion forums are helpful.

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