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What Can I Eat on Dialysis

2012-10-21 11:32

If you happen to be a person with dialysis, a special diet management should be on your recommended list. Dialysis is used to remove the waste products in the blood while the original resource of the wastes is the food intake. This is why dialysis diet is important.

The general standard of dialysis diet

The dialysis diet focuses on the limitation of potassium, sodium, phosphorus foods and liquid intake. And meantime, the diet should offer patients enough nutrition, such as protein and calories, to keep good general health.

Compared with hemodialysis, the peritoneal dialysis asks less diet restriction. But a special diet is also necessary for peritoneal dialysis patients and it is based on individual conditions, such as body weight, general health conditions and blood tests results etc.

In addition, your diet management is not changeable. The dialysis diet plan should vary as your medical condition changes.

Detailed choices for dialysis patients


Take less salt and salty food. Salt limitation helps lower high blood pressure and reduces weight gains between dialysis sessions. You are suggested to use other alterative, such as spices, low-salt flavor enhancers and herbs, to cook.


Unless you should perform calories limitation for weight control and carbohydrate management for blood sugar control, you may eat, as you desire from these foods. But you’d better have a talk with your doctor firstly. These foods include grains, breads, cereals etc.

Dairy foods

You are suggested to take low phosphorus diet foods, such as cream cheese, sherbet, heavy cream, non-dairy whipped topping, brie cheese and ricotta cheese. But the high fat food listed above should be limited, If you have the heart complication.


The followings vegetables may be good options, such as Zucchini, Yellow squash, Broccoli, Watercress, Cabbage, Radishes, Carrots, Peppers-all types and colors, Cauliflower, Onion, Celery, Lettuce-all types (1 cup), Cucumber, Green and Wax beans, Garlic.


As for the drink, the following choices are your information: grape juice, lemonade, apple cider and cranberry juice cocktail.

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