If you happen to be a person with kidney disease, your doctor may suggest to avoid chocolate. This doesn’t mean that chocolate is bad for kidneys, but it does when the serum phosphorus levels are elevated. This is the condition when doctor recommend no chocolate diet for patients.
Phosphorus in kidney disease patients
In average people, the healthy kidneys can filter over 200 gallons of blood per 24hours. And the waste products and excessive water, such as creatinine, urea and excessive phosphorus and potassium, are excreted into urine.
However, when kidneys fail to function properly, they are not strong enough to remove the toxins in the body. As a result, excess phosphorus builds up in the body. Once the phosphorus levels are over 5.5mg/dl, you should avoid the high-phosphorus foods and chocolate is a very common one. And after analyzing your medical report, your doctor will figure out how much phosphorous food are proper for you.
Chocolate—rich in phosphorus
A 100 g serving of chocolate weighs approximately 3.5 oz. This amount of dark chocolate with 70~85 percent cacao solids has 308 mg phosphorus. The same amount of white chocolate has 176 mg -- which is still prohibitively high. Chocolate mixed with milk is also particularly dangerous because milk is also high in phosphorus.
Complications of high phosphorus levels in kidney disease patients
If you keep your phosphorus high levels for a long term, you may experience some dangerous complications, such as bone disorder in which condition you can more fracture vulnerably.
As it is mentions at the beginning of the article, chocolate is not bad for kidneys. Thereby, average people don’t need to avoid it. However, if you are suffering from kidney problems, you are suggested to limit chocolate and plan a low phosphorus diet.