Gluten Free Diet: Health or Hype for CKD Management?

Gluten Free Diet: Health or Hype for CKD Management?

Gluten Free, Kidney Disease
Hot Topic Gluten Free Diet: Health or Hype for CKD Management? Marika Wamback, BSc. R.D. Registered Dietitian The gluten free diet has become very popular recently due to the perception that it is healthier and can help with weight loss.  These are false claims not supported by evidence.  There is also no evidence that gluten free diets will improve your CKD management. A gluten free diet for life is necessary for people with Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disorder that misidentifies gluten as a ‘foreign body’.  One percent of the population has Celiac Disease. People with Celiac Disease can have an increased risk of health issues such as malnutrition due to nutrient malabsorption, permanent digestive tract damage, constipation and/or diarrhea, , miscarriage and infertility, and  skin and joint issues.  The diet…
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Sugar-Free Pumpkin Cheese Pie

Sugar-Free Pumpkin Cheese Pie

recipes, Renal Diet
Try this delicious kidney and diabetic-friendly remake of pumpkin cheesecake!  Enjoy a decadent slice of fall flavored cheesecake without any of the guilt.  Each slice is under 150mg potassium which qualifies as low potassium. Bonus:  So easy to make you don’t even need an oven to make it!   Sugar-Free Pumpkin Cheese Pie Ingredients Crust 1 ¼ cup graham cracker crumbs 1/3 cup unsalted margarine, melted Filling 8 oz cream cheese, softened ½ cup pumpkin puree 17 packets sugar substitute  2 eggs  1 tsp. vanilla 1 tsp. cinnamon ½ tsp. nutmeg Topping 12 packets sugar substitute 1 cup water 2 drops red food coloring  1 Tbsp. cornstarch 2 tsp. lemon juice 2 cups fresh cranberries Preparation In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and margarine.  Press into the bottom and…
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Understanding the Kidney Disease and Gout Connection

Understanding the Kidney Disease and Gout Connection

Gout, Kidney Disease
Understanding the Kidney Disease and Gout Connection Stephanie Legin RD, LDN Registered Dietitian How are Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and gout related?  If you are prone to gout, you have an increased risk for developing kidney disease.  If you have CKD, you have a higher risk for developing gout. GOUT⇆ KIDNEY DISEASE What Is Gout? Gout is a chronic form of arthritis that has no cure.  Approximately 4% of the American population has gout.  Acute episodes of gout are called “flare-ups” and cause joints to become red, swollen, and extremely painful.  Preventing flare-ups and controlling symptoms of them are important for the management of gout.  What Causes Gout? Purines.  Purines are chemical compounds made by the body and found in certain foods.  The body metabolizes purines in the liver. The…
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Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

recipes, Renal Diet
Nothing makes it feel more like October than some pumpkin and pumpkin spice!   Unfortunately, for many of you with kidney disease, enjoying pumpkin may be limited in your diet.  Pumpkin puree is high in potassium and pumpkin seeds are high in potassium and phosphorus. Fortunately, there are plenty of fruits that pair well with pumpkin.  Many recipes combine them, requiring less pumpkin. Less pumpkin = less potassium, allowing everyone to enjoy some comforting fall baked goods!  Make your home smell amazing and feel warm and cozy this fall with this pumpkin cranberry bread.  Enjoy! Pumpkin Cranberry Bread Ingredients 2 ½ cup all-purpose flour 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice 2 tsp. baking powder 2 eggs 2 cup sugar 1 ¾ cup canned pumpkin puree ½ cup vegetable oil 1 cup…
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Carbs—to Eat Or Not To Eat With CKD Management?

Carbs—to Eat Or Not To Eat With CKD Management?

Carbohydrates, Kidney Disease
Carbs—to Eat Or Not To Eat With CKD Management? Marika Wamback, BSc. R.D. Registered Dietitian The carbohydrate seems to be the most controversial macronutrient.  So many questions surround the topic of Carbs—to Eat Or Not To Eat, only eat certain amounts, only eat net carbs, only eat certain carbs at certain ages, are carbs fattening?, and the list goes on.  The ‘claims’ are both confusing and frustrating. Let’s start with some basics to clarify.  Definition of a Carbohydrate Carbohydrates are a macronutrient (meaning they are needed in large amounts in the body) and are the body’s main source of energy.   Approximately 50% of our diet should be from carbohydrates. When digested, they are converted into their simplest and smallest form-glucose.   Why? Because the energy from carbohydrates needs to…
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Seasonal Fall Produce And CKD Management

Seasonal Fall Produce And CKD Management

Kidney Disease, Renal Diet
Marika Wamback, BSc. R.D. Registered Dietitian Seasonal Fall Produce And CKD Management Fall is a wonderful time of year that brings us some of the tastiest produce.  Unfortunately, not all of us can enjoy everything the fall harvest brings us. If you have chronic kidney disease (CKD), some of the produce harvested this time of year may be restricted in your diet.  You may wonder how much seasonal produce can I have, what can I have, and how can I prepare it? These are common questions people with CKD ask about food and how it fits into their renal diet.  If you have CKD, you may be concerned with how much potassium is in your diet.  High or low blood levels of potassium can be dangerous as they can affect…
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