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What Are Oxalates and Are They an Issue for CKD Patients?

Kidney Disease
Stephanie Legin RD, LDN Registered Dietitian ?  What Are Oxalates? An antinutrient is defined as “a naturally-occurring substance found in plant-derived foods that interfere with absorption or proper functioning of nutrients in the body” (i.e. iron, calcium, protein).  Oxalic acid is an antinutrient. Some other antinutrients are phytates, tannins, lectins, and protease inhibitors. Where Do You Find Oxalates? Oxalic acid is an organic compound found in plants.  When other minerals found in plants bind with oxalic acid, they form oxalates.  After consuming plant based foods, they start to breakdown in the digestive tract.  During this process, oxalates bind with other minerals like calcium, forming calcium oxalate crystals.  Healthy kidneys filter the excess calcium oxalate and excrete it in the urine. If the kidneys are unable to effectively filter out excess…
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Easy Crockpot Apple & Cranberry Pork Tenderloin with Carrots

Kidney Disease, low potassium, low-salt, recipes, Renal Diet
After a long, hot summer, most of us welcome the cooler weather and cozier, warm meals that come along with it.  This pork tenderloin recipe is perfect for a crisp, fall evening meal and is so easy to prepare and cook in your crockpot.   This slow cooked, all-in-one dish is both savory and sweet and is an ideal meal if you have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).  The pork gets its wonderful fall flavor from the roasted carrots, onions, apples and cranberries and a little bit of thyme.  Not only is this recipe low in sodium, potassium, and phosphorus, it is full of fiber and a great source of lean protein. Enjoy! Easy Crockpot Apple & Cranberry Pork Tenderloin with Carrots Ingredients 2 ½ pounds pork tenderloin 1 pound baby carrots…
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The Systemic Impact of the Impaired Kidney’s Ability to Produce Vital Hormones, Proteins, and Enzymes

The Systemic Impact of the Impaired Kidney’s Ability to Produce Vital Hormones, Proteins, and Enzymes

Kidney Disease
Marika Wamback, BSc. R.D. Registered Dietitian Ever wonder what the kidneys really do?  They are such a vital part of our health that we cannot live without them.  The kidneys have multiple functions that require other bodily systems to work properly, and are responsible for the production of hormones, enzymes, and proteins that are necessary for survival.  Below is a review of just a few of the many functions of the kidney. What you eat impacts the health of your kidneys, their functions, and your CKD management.   Erythropoietin Erythropoietin is a hormone produced by the kidneys that signals the bone marrow to produce healthy red blood cells.  The main function of red blood cells is to transport oxygen and glucose throughout the body.   CKD can cause low erythropoietin levels due…
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Key Lime Squares

Key Lime Squares

recipes, Renal Diet
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this citrusy dessert.  These tart and creamy squares are low in sodium, potassium and phosphorus and will fit perfectly into your CKD diet.   It’s a yummy and refreshing addition to any summertime meal! Key Lime Squares Crust: 1 cup all-purpose flour ¼ cup confectioner’s sugar ½ cup margarine, softened Filling: 2 tsp. lime zest ½ tsp. baking powder 2 eggs 1 cup sugar 2 Tbsp. lime juice Sliced limes and non-dairy whipped topping for garnish Preparation Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix flour, confectioner’s sugar and margarine.  Press into ungreased, 8x8x2 inch pan. Bake for 20 minutes.  Using an electric mixer, beat the filling ingredients on medium speed until light and fluffy, then pour over the hot crust.  Bake just until no indentation remains…
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Starfruit: The Forbidden Fruit for Individuals with CKD

Starfruit: The Forbidden Fruit for Individuals with CKD

Kidney Disease, Renal Diet
Stephanie Legin RD, LDN Registered Dietitian Individuals living with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) know the renal diet is one of the most complex diets to follow.  Depending on your level of renal function and lab results, your diet can be extremely restrictive, having to avoid or limit portions of many foods and beverages.  On occasion, however, your doctor and dietitian may give you some flexibility with food choices. There is one food that your renal care team will never grant you an exception to consume—that is the Starfruit (Carambola). What Is Starfruit? The Starfruit is a tropical fruit originating from Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia.   A popular fruit in most East Asian countries, it is becoming increasingly popular and more available in grocery stores in North America.  Tropical parts of…
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Chicken & Fruit Pasta Salad

Chicken & Fruit Pasta Salad

Kidney Disease, recipes
  Not in the mood for a hot cooked meal on a hot summer day?  Try this light and refreshing all in one pasta salad.   For anyone watching their potassium intake, you’ve probably been advised to avoid oranges due to their high potassium content.  This recipe calls for mandarin oranges, which happen to be lower in potassium than fresh navel oranges. A ¼ cup of canned mandarin oranges provides approximately 64mg of potassium as opposed to 119 mg in a ¼ cup of fresh oranges.   So enjoy a little bit of (mandarin) orange in your diet with this cool, summertime recipe.   Ingredients 2 cups (8oz) uncooked small shell pasta 3 cups cooked chicken, cubed 1 ½ cups celery, sliced 1 ½ cups seedless red grapes, halved 1 fresh apple,…
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Eggs—Cracking the code on protein in the renal diet

Eggs—Cracking the code on protein in the renal diet

Kidney Disease, Renal Diet
by Marika Wamback, BSc. R.D. Registered Dietitian Over the years, eggs have been a very controversial food.  The media has generated a lot of mixed messages based on different research causing everyone to question whether eggs are healthy or not.  The center of the controversy is the high cholesterol content of the yolk. If you have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), which increases your risk for heart disease (and vice versa), it begs the question, can you manage your CKD and still eat eggs?  How many? How often? Can they be consumed at all? Below is the latest evidence to help you meet your protein needs, manage your CKD (at any stage), and protect your heart. Eggs and CKD Management Eggs are a nutritious protein option to help you manage your CKD. …
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Phosphorus Additives in My Beverages?

Phosphorus Additives in My Beverages?

Kidney Disease, Phosphorous
Stephanie Legin RD, LDNRegistered Dietitian   In, “Get the Facts on Phosphorus Additives”, the negative impact on health of too much inorganic phosphorus in the diet was discussed.  If you have chronic kidney disease (CKD), there are numerous health risks associated with too much phosphorus consumption and prolonged elevated phosphorus levels.   Phosphorus is a mineral you don’t often hear about.  You may hear people discussing potassium, sodium, and calcium and a variety of other vitamins and minerals.  As more and more research is being done to learn more about phosphorus’ effects on health—for people who have normally functioning kidneys and for those who do not—we will be hearing more and more about this elusive element.   How Much Phosphorus Do You Need? If you have normally functioning kidneys, the U.S. and…
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Easy Summer Fruit Dip

Easy Summer Fruit Dip

recipes, Renal Diet
Want to add a little pizzazz to your summer fruit platter this year?   Try this kidney friendly, fluffy dip that everyone will be sure to love.   It’s as easy as 1…2! Easy Summer Fruit Dip Ingredients 1 (7oz) jar marshmallow cream1 (8oz) package low fat cream cheese Suggestion Mix it up and make different flavors of this tasty dip by whipping in ½ cup frozen raspberries or strawberries! Preparation Blend marshmallow cream and cream cheese together thoroughly, using an electric mixer.  Serve with kidney friendly fruits for dipping like grapes, pineapple, apples, and strawberries. Makes 15 servings. Nutrition Information (per 2 Tbsp. serving): 90 kcal, 55mg sodium, 19mg potassium, 17mg phosphorus Recipe used with permission from ARA   
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Watermelon Summer Cooler

Watermelon Summer Cooler

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Beat the heat this summer with this cold, refreshing drink!    Watermelon is lower in potassium than other melons like cantaloupe and honeydew, which makes it a better fruit choice for anyone with kidney disease.   Watermelon is also packed with antioxidants like vitamin C and lycopene making this tasty drink a healthy choice for anyone this summer! Watermelon Summer Cooler Ingredients 1 cup crushed ice 1 cup seedless watermelon cubes 2 tsp. lime juice  1 Tbsp. sugar (or sugar substitute) Preparation Place all ingredient in a blender and blend for 30 seconds.  Pour, serve and enjoy! Makes 2 servings. Nutrition Information (per serving): 52 kcal, 1mg sodium, 96mg potassium, 9mg phosphorus Recipe used with permission from ARA  
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