Kidney Diet Tips

KidneyDiet App: a new tool to help kidney patients decide what to eat

Have you ever wished you could instantly peak at the nutrient content of a food while making weekly menus, grocery shopping or eating out on a kidney diet? The latest tool for people with chronic kidney disease or on dialysis gives you the ability to do just that. KidneyDiet is an iPhone app that allows a quick, easy way to view thousands of foods from the USDA food database, including some of the major restaurant chains. The featured nutrients are focused on those most important in a kidney diet: protein, potassium, phosphorus and sodium. In addition to providing nutrient data, the KidneyDiet app highlights in red values that  may require caution for a kidney diet.

While this app is not a replacement for advice from your doctor or dietitian, it is a welcome new tool to help make the challenge of following a kidney diet easier. Future versions will include expanded nutrients and features to help track and analyze daily intake.

KidneyDiet was created by Pain Free Living, Inc. They provide health-related applications for mobile devices. Visit their website at for more information.

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.