Truth Or Trick: Alkaline Diets — All Trick!

Truth Or Trick: Alkaline Diets — All Trick!

Kidney Disease
Marika Wamback, BSc. R.D. Registered Dietitian Truth Or Trick: Alkaline Diets — All Trick! Information on the alkaline diet is everywhere.  Promoters of the alkaline diet theorize that by making the body more alkaline through diet, (aka-changing your pH) it will eliminate or cure any negative health issues.  This is all misleading information. Why? Let’s start with the basics: Ph Scale The pH scale used to measure whether something is acidic or basic ranges from 0-14 respectively; however, the numbers increase logarithmically.  For instance, if something has a pH of 2, although very acidic, is 10 times more basic than 1. 7 is considered neutral pH. Anything less than 7 is acidic, and anything more than 7 is basic.  It begs the question, how would food create that much pH…
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Apple Cake with Warm Honey Sauce

Apple Cake with Warm Honey Sauce

Kidney Disease, recipes, Renal Diet
It’s apple season!  Apples are a low potassium fruit that anyone with Chronic Kidney Disease can enjoy.  Apples are so versatile—they can be eaten fresh, baked in a dessert, or used as an ingredient in savory meals.   This fall dessert recipe is a little slice of comfort and sure to be a crowd favorite, even for those without CKD.  Apple Cake with Warm Honey Sauce Ingredients Cake: 1/3 cup lemon juice 3 cups diced, peeled apples 3 Tbsp. margarine ½ cup sugar ½ cup honey 1 egg 2 cups flour 1 tsp. baking powder Sauce: 2 ½ tsp. cornstarch ½ cup honey 1/3 cup water 1 Tbsp. grated lemon peel 3 Tbsp. lemon juice 1 Tbsp. margarine dash nutmeg ½ tsp. baking soda ¼ tsp. nutmeg Preparation Preheat oven…
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What Are Oxalates and Are They an Issue for CKD Patients?

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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