We have already paid attention to fruits and vegetables in the summer, suitable for people with kidney disease, so with the onset of September, it is the right time to discuss the autumn ones as well.
Undoubtedly, fruits and vegetables are always a healthy choice, as the best option is to consume seasonal products. For dialysis patients it is important to be cautious with the potassium content in the nutrition plan if a diet restricting this mineral is followed. Potassium is found in almost all kind of foods. Our body needs small amounts of it to make muscles work, but its increased values can cause weakness, muscle cramps and irregular heartbeat.
Balance is the key to a diverse nutrition plan. Consuming a great amount of any food can be dangerous, but the careful selection of the appropriate products can give us the necessary freedom for a varied diet.
According to studies, the most suitable autumn fruits and vegetables are:
Apples, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, celery, eggplant, green beans, lettuce, leeks, onions, pears, radishes, peppers, raw spinach, turnips.
In the list of vegetables that are good for patients with CKD is cabbage. It is a great source of vitamin B, vitamin C, magnesium and protein, all well known for their anti-inflammatory properties. It also reduces the swelling commonly found in dialysis patients. Cabbage can be served raw in salads, cooked in soups and stews, boiled or as a side dish.
Cauliflower can provide patients with CKD with vitamin C, folic acid and fiber. It is a vegetable with a lower potassium content and can be consumed often by people with kidney problems.
All fruits contain small amounts of potassium. It is good to limit the consumption of oranges and bananas but to increase that of apples.
Apples provide a variety of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese. They are a great source of fiber, low in calories and suitable for regulating weight and blood sugar.
A good nutrition plan makes us feel better and keeps us healthy. A well-balanced diet with the right amounts of protein, calories, vitamins and minerals is vital for leading a healthy and fulfilling life.