Bread and Kidney Disease: How To Choose Bread With Kidney Disease

Bread has been an important staple food product to many cultures over the centuries. But when it comes to choosing the right kind of bread, kidney disease patients often have very little knowledge. There are substances like phosphate and salt present in the bread and when your kidneys are not really functioning properly, waste products like phosphate could easily build up. Your blood pressure may elevate when your kidneys don’t function normally. It is important to know which bread you’re choosing when it comes to taking care of your kidneys. Many people don’t know how to choose the right bread for kidney disease patients. There are different ingredients and various levels of phosphate and salt depending on the type of bread. 

Now there are some great nutrients that are stuffed into the whole grains including protein, fiber, antioxidants, and trace minerals. You have a lower risk of heart disease, obesity, and some cancers.  

White bread is a refined bread where the wheat creates fluffy flour that makes light but the process strips away about half of wheat’s B vitamins, 90 percent of the vitamin E, and virtually all of the fiber. The point to grasp in this video is to understand that whole grain has a way more phosphorus content than refined grain bread. 

Kidney disease patients usually have high phosphorus and they’re supposed to limit their phosphorus content. So, refined grain bread is more commonly preferred for a healthy kidney diet. Also, what many people forget to do when buying bread is reading the sodium level on the label. As a kidney disease patient, a high salt diet is likely to alter your body’s sodium balance to have reduced function and remove less water resulting in high blood pressure. This puts strain on the kidneys and can lead to kidney disease.