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Is Peanut Butter Good to People with Kidney Disease

2013-03-30 10:00

Is Peanut Butter Good to People with Kidney DiseaseThe patients with kidney disease need a diet that will not further stress their kidneys and benefit the overall health.Is peanut butter good to people with kidney disease?

Kidneys help clean the wastes from blood, keep balance of electrolyte as well as regulate blood pressure, just name a few here.However,when the kidneys become impaired, high levels of toxins will build up in blood, resulting in myriads of symptoms such as loss of appetite, increased urination, swelling etc.Peanut butter is not a good food choice for people with Kidney Disease due to the following causes.

Bad fats

Hyperlipidemia and cardiovascular problems are commonly seen in kidney disease. Peanut butter contains bad fats which have negative effects on heart health when consumed in excess.


Phosphorus works with calcium to kep the bones strong.It is also needed for normal muscle function, healthy teeth and normal nerve function. In kidney disease,the diseased kidneys fail to eliminate the phosphorus from blood,resulting in increased phosphorus levels and decreased calcium levels.This can cause skin itching, bone disease and other many health issues.If phosphorus restriction becomes necessary, the patients should avoid foods high in phosphorus.Peanut butter is loaded in phosphorus so the patients with kidney disease should avoid consuming it too much.

Apart from foods loaded in fats and phosphorus, the patients with kidney disease should also following the following tips on daily diet.

Protein restriction

Protein metabolism creates products known as urea.High levels of urea building up in body can result in uremia.Protein restriction is necessary to decrease the workload of the kidneys.

Potassium restriction

Potassium is necessary for proper heart, muscle and never function. However, kidney disease can cause high levels of potassium in blood. This can cause irregular heartbeat and even heart failure.Potassium restriction can help this condition from happening.

Peanut butter has side effects on people with kidney disease, but it still has some health benefits. Whether you can eat and how much you can eat is up to your doctor.

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