The Best Carbohydrates for People with Kidney Problems

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If you have kidney problems, figuring out the best carbohydrates for you can be confusing! Don’t worry! Registered Dietician and Bored Certified Renal Nutritionist, Jen Hernandez, is here to answer your most pressing questions!

The Best Carbs for People with Kidney Problems

You don’t have to guess which carbs are best for you anymore!

Time needed: 7 minutes.

Answering your most pressing carb questions

  1. What is a carbohydrate?

    A macronutrient that serves as the primary form of energy for our body and brain.

  2. What are the best sources of carbohydrates?

    Grains, beans/legumes, dairy, fruits, starchy vegetables.

  3. What if I have kidney problems?

    According to Jen, people with kidney problems don’t need to limit themselves to white bread. She explains, “less than 30 percent of phosphorus is absorbed from whole-grain foods”. She also recommends aiming “for 25 to 30 grams of fiber per day.”

  4. What are some examples of good carbohydrates for kidney problems?

    Jen recommends whole wheat pasta, brown rice, and lentil/chickpea pasta. For all her suggestions, give her video a listen!

  5. How much should I have?

    According to Jen, aim for 1/2 – 1 cup of carbohydrates per meal.

  6. What could happen if I get too much?

    Weight gain

  7. What could happen if I don’t get enough?

    Lack of energy, mood swings, constipation, and nutritional deficiencies.

What’s Next?

Following your doctor’s orders, taking your prescriptions, and eating properly but still want to do more for your kidney function? Try Renadyl, the only probiotic formula that metabolizes (consumes) waste products that the kidney can no longer filter.*