Plant-Based Protein Diet With Kidney Disease. Vegan Diet For CKD | KDOQI 2

Welcome to video #2 on our series where we’re covering the KDOQI (Kidney Disease Outcome Quality Initiatives), which is a set of dietary recommendations that were published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, September 2020.


In our first KDOQI video, we covered the research, publishers, and protein intake calculations. In this video today, we’re discussing a plant-based protein diet and if it can fit into a renal diet. This diet, as recommended by the researchers helps those with kidney disease who want to incorporate protein into their diet.


Nuts, seeds, whole grains, beans, and soy products are some sources of protein in a plant-based protein diet. The study points out that soy can be highly beneficial for kidney disease and Robert supports this statement.


Soy, oftentimes, can be a controversial topic for kidney sufferers due to a couple of negative approaches found online. Nonetheless, the study does not show any harmful results from soy products. Soy isoflavones are compounds found in soy products that have shown to be adequately beneficial for kidney disease.


For a healthier suggestion, Robert recommends looking for non-GMO organic soy products. Choosing fermented soy products over highly processed ones can be another great step you can take to better your situation. Some great fermented soy examples are edamame, tofu, tempeh, soybeans, etc.


There are more kidney-friendly sources of protein in a plant-based protein diet with kidney disease like beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and many more. Black beans, hummus, chickpeas, almonds, and pinto beans are some kidney-friendly options you can include in your diet. Be mindful to choose the beans with the lowest sodium content or unsalted.


The study recommends the plant-based protein diet as explained above. A plant-based protein diet is relatively easy to adapt to and has resulted in many positive outcomes for kidney sufferers. You can always apply the protein equations from our KDOQI video where we covered it all. Phosphorus levels shouldn’t be stressed about in this diet as it absorbs greatly from vegetable sources of protein. 


Following a plant-based protein diet with kidney disease has shown to be highly beneficial for many kidney sufferers. One should additionally beware of their potassium intake and always opt for a low salt diet. It is crucial to check with your doctor before getting on a certain diet.


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