Kidney Diet Tips

Egg whites for a dialysis diet

egg whites

Egg whites are an excellent source or high quality protein for the dialysis diet. Egg whites are very low in phosphorus (5 mg per egg white). Most of the phosphorus in an egg is in the yolk (60-90 mg per yolk).

 Pasteurized fresh egg whites are packaged in a carton, found in the egg/dairy section of the grocery store. Just Whites® are a powdered egg white product available at your local grocery store in the baking section.  Pasteurized egg products are safe to consume without cooking. People with kidney failure are at higher risk for illness if exposed to salmonella from raw eggs that are not pasteurized.

When extra protein is needed, add egg whites to egg dishes, ground meat dishes, smoothies or shakes to boost protein content.

Sara Colman, RDN, CDCES

Sara Colman, RDN, CDCES

Sara is a renal dietitian with over 30 years experience working with people with diabetes and kidney disease. She is co-author of the popular kidney cookbook "Cooking for David: A Culinary Dialysis Cookbook". Sara is the Manager of Kidney Care Nutrition for DaVita. She analyzes recipes and creates content, resources and tools for the kidney community. In her spare time Sara loves to spend time with her young grandson, including fun times together in her kitchen.