Apples are one of the best nutritious and kidney-friendly fruit that can also fit into a CKD diet. Eating apples with kidney disease can help meet your fiber requirements. Getting enough fiber in a kidney disease diet is essential for good kidney health. Apples are a great source of soluble fiber that helps lower cholesterol and glucose levels, also known as pectin. Apples are also packed with antioxidants, quercetin, Vitamin C, and prebiotics, all of which are beneficial for your kidneys. Moderate amounts of apple juice is a great substitution for orange juice for kidney disease as it is relatively low in potassium. Apple pie is a kidney-friendly dessert that is low in phosphorus and potassium. Be sure to limit apple pie to small amounts due to its sugar and sodium content.
Apples And Kidney Disease
If you have kidney disease, apples and all varieties of apples are something you want to include in your kidney diet. Since they’re superfoods, something very healthy for people with kidney disease. Thanks for watching healthykidneyinc.com, this is Robert Galarowicz. A lot of times when you hear about kidney disease, you always hear about the foods you should avoid but one food that you should have in your diet and have it often is apples. Any type of apples of the large variety out there: pink lady apples, Rome apples, red delicious granny smith, whatever type of apple you like should be in your kidney diet.
Why should you have a lot of apples?
For a variety of reasons; it’s low phosphorus, it’s low protein, it has three to four grams of fiber depending on the size of the apple, it’s fairly low in potassium, it’s generally not something anybody with kidney disease would have to worry about. The amount of potassium that’s in apples also has a lot of phytonutrients, plant nutrients, and with the fiber that helps manage cholesterol, it helps your overall cell function, helps digestive health, anti-cancerous, and beneficial for your kidney health.
Are Apples Safe With Diabetic Kidney Disease?
Even if you’re a diabetic, generally apples are going to be fine because they don’t raise blood sugar as much. Apples, you want to have at least one a day. You can do two if you’re trying to lose weight. You can have an apple before a meal because apples are very filling and it’s low in calories. A medium apple is about 95-100 calories. You can also have apples baked, you can have them cooked in a variety of ways. Apple pie makes for a kidney-friendly desert.
Apples are nutritious, they’re delicious and they’re super kidney-friendly. One thing you want to watch out for is apple juice, not that you want to watch instead you want to be mindful because with apple juice you are going to raise the potassium content so if you have an issue with potassium, you want to watch out for that.
What About Apple Juice?
Generally, apple juice in small quantities; six to eight ounces once a day for people with kidney issues is completely fine. I always recommend diluting the juices with water so you can get more water plus some flavor the apple juice and you’re diluting the sugar content and apple juice is going to be higher glycemic meaning it’s going to raise the blood sugar higher as opposed to just eating an apple so that’s something that any diabetic would want to watch out for.
Overall, make sure to include them in your diet and when we’re talking about eating apples, the most important thing is not juicing them. Eating apples once or twice a day is a great fruit to have in your kidney diet. Put it on your grocery list. More tips, videos like this on our channel healthykidneyinc.com. Make sure to subscribe if you haven’t, like and comment, and from one kidney survivor to another to your best kidney health. Bye
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