Can You Eat Liver With Kidney Disease? Liver & CKD Diet: Do They Mix?

Although many individuals hate it, there are many people who enjoy eating liver due to its rich and elegant taste. However, is this the same case with kidney disease? Can one with kidney disease enjoy liver meat without any restrictions? Can one with kidney disease eat liver every day? To answer all these questions, we’ve gathered our facts and made a brief video on how a kidney disease sufferer may or may not enjoy liver.

Liver meat is distinctly lean and is known to be highly nutritional.  It also has a high cholesterol nature but is low in saturated fat. Liver meat also packs many essential vitamins and minerals such as copper, iron, vitamin B, and D. Liver meat is rich in vitamin A, so excessive amounts of this food can really damage your kidneys.

So to answer the main question here; “Can I eat liver if I have kidney disease?”


Alas, liver meat is not ideal for a renal diet. People suffering from kidney issues are safest when they cut it down and only enjoy it as a treat as opposed to eating it on a daily basis. The reason behind this is that the liver is extremely high in phosphorus and as you may know with kidney disease, high phosphorus levels are often a warning of further kidney damage. The phosphorus is now much more absorbable as phosphorus absorbs better when it comes from an animal source.

Those are the two main reasons you should stay away from the liver. It’s extremely high in protein so, if you’re looking to cut down protein or if you’re following a very low protein diet, this may be another motive to avoid liver meat.

In very few cases, people with anemia in chronic kidney disease may assume that liver meat would be a great source of iron. However, this is not the case and is oftentimes very misleading. Preferably, you should always look to get iron from a high absorption supplement. The reason is when you eat liver meat, you don’t really know how much iron you’re getting.

Liver meat is naturally high in certain nutrients but because it’s uncomfortably high in phosphorus and has a very high protein count, you’d generally want to avoid it in most kidney diets and keep it as a treat and enjoy it in minimal amounts.

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