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Can Dialysis Patients eat Carob Powder

2013-11-19 09:12

Can Dialysis Patients eat Carob PowderWastes in the blood come from food and fluid that are consumed. Dialysis can remove wastes and fluid from your blood, and a dialysis diet also helps to decrease the amount of waste that builds up in your blood. Chocolate is usually not recommended for dialysis, is carob powder a renal friendly alternative to chocolate?

Nutrition and health benefits of eating carob powder

1. Because of poor appetite and diet restriction, malnutrition is a common clinical problem in dialysis patients. Therefore, it is necessary for dialysis patients to supply enough calory for body function. 100g carb powder contains 928.8kj calories and provides 11 % of daily recommended nutrient intake, which is much higher than other food. From this aspect, carob powder is preferred.

2. Strong immunity can prevent you from various disease, kidney disease is also included. Carob powder is such a food which contains plenty of vitamins and has the function of boosting your immunity.

3. Many patients on dialysis suffer from renal osteopathy, due to the retention of phosphorous and loss of calcium in the blood. 100g carob powder can provide 348mg calcium, 43% of daily recommended nutrient intake. It can make up the situation of calcium deficiency.

4. For patients on dialysis, their kidneys cease to function well enough to remove the toxins out of their body. Fiber is helpful for eliminating toxins so as to maintain the health of intestinal tract. Besides, it can regulate blood sugar. 100g carob powder contains 39.8g fiber, higher than the daily recommended nutrient intake of 30g.

What is more, carob can also benefits people with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diarrhea, cancer etc.


Though carob has so many benefits, eating too much will also burden on your kidneys. Moreover, it is rich in phosphorous. There is about 827mg phosphorous in 100g carobs, which is much higher. Therefore, you should pay attention to hyperkalemia if you decide to use carob powder as an alternative to chocolate.

Whether dialysis patients can eat carob powder or not should also depend on your physical condition. Before you add it to your diet, you had better consult your dietitian. He can help you make a wise decision according to your condition. You can also email your physical check report to kidneyabc@hotmail.com. Our doctors can help you make a personalized dietary.


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