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March 1, 2011

Meeting lower sodium guidelines on a kidney-friendly diet: breads and cereals

12 Comments to “Meeting lower sodium guidelines on a kidney-friendly diet: breads and cereals”

  1. Donna Loth said,

    March 31, 2011 @ 7:37 am

    I have read about a low sodium baking powder but do not know where to find it. Thanks

  2. Matt said,

    August 5, 2011 @ 3:48 pm

    Hi Donna,
    You posted the question a few months ago, but here is a link to a page that has two low sodium baking powder products. Is this what you are looking for?

  3. Crystal Parker said,

    August 21, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

    I have been diagnosed with a kidney problem and the doctor has restricted me to a very low sodium to no sodium diet before having my kidneys biopsied. Is there any easier way trying to come up with foods that are lower in sodium? What food would you refer to someone for breakfast choices? Thanks for all of your help.

  4. DaVita Dietitian Sara said,

    September 9, 2011 @ 6:49 pm

    Hi Crystal,
    A realistic very low sodium diet usually still allows 1000 mg of sodium a day so you can include an egg, a cooked hot cereal of dry puffed wheat or rice cereal or low sodium cornflakes, 4 oz milk or rice milk and canned or fresh fruit and stay below 200-300 mg sodium. Ask your doctor for a referal to a dietitian who can learn more about your case and individual needs and work with you on a meal plan. Also, DaVita.com recipes are modified to reduce sodium. You can look through them and choose the ones that appeal to you with the lowest sodium content.
    Best wishes, Sara

  5. Vicky said,

    September 25, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

    white bread is high in sodium but low in phosphorus; wheat bread is high in phosphorus but lower sodium; how about honey wheat bread? I have not been able to find the information on phosphorus for wheat bread, but I think this may fall under the “soft wheat” terminology?

  6. DaVita Dietitian Sara said,

    December 10, 2011 @ 6:37 pm

    According to the 2 varieties of honey wheat bread in my analysis program, 1 slice of honey wheat bread has 58 mg potassium and 53 mg phosphorus, about twice as much as soft wheat bread.

  7. Deane said,

    February 4, 2013 @ 8:04 am

    Trying to cut sodium down , swollen ankles…Found Heinz has a no salt recipe. OMG is it ever good, didn’t check out the calories but sure like the taste of the catsup.

  8. lyn said,

    April 6, 2014 @ 3:35 pm

    i want to know if whole wheat bread is better for you and is it kidney friendly. i have 3rd stage kidney disease , i usually have white bread toast for breakfast.

  9. DaVita Dietitian Sara said,

    April 28, 2014 @ 4:41 pm

    Whole wheat bread contains fiber and some additional nutrients that are lost during processing refined grains. Most kidney patients can safely include whole grain bread in their diets. If phosphorus levels are too high a lower phosphorus refined white bread might be suggested.

  10. Richard Rider said,

    March 31, 2015 @ 6:13 pm

    Check out the Heinz AND the Hunts “no salt” ketchup. The Heinz is VERY good (I’ve never found Hunts) — as good as regular ketchup, IMHO.

    Still got calories, but essentially zero sodium. A godsend!

  11. marion celona said,

    August 1, 2015 @ 9:50 am

    they say to avoid whole grains ….which bread is better for my husband 100% w wheat or white bread?

  12. DaVita Dietitian Sara said,

    September 17, 2015 @ 1:42 pm

    The guidelines around whole grain bread are more liberal in today’s kidney diet recommendations. We now know that only about half the phosphorus in whole grains is absorbed into the blood. The potassium is higher than white bread and can add up if a person eats 4 or more slices a day. Otherwise the fiber and nutrients in the whole grain bread make it the best choice. Always compare brands and choose the lowest sodium product. If you are experiencing high levels of potassium or phosphorus discuss how much and how often you can include whole grain bread with your dietitian.

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