Corn and popcorn is a staple food around the world and you can safely eat corn with kidney disease if your phosphorus levels are within a healthy range. A fruit, vegetable, and cereal crop, corn is found in many processed foods from peanut butter to salad dressings. Corn packs a decent amount of fiber for kidney disease and it is loaded with essential nutrients. Popcorn with kidney disease can be a healthy snack when consumed in moderation. Be sure to opt for low-sodium to no-sodium when you’re shopping for commercial popcorn and always check the label for the sodium amount for frozen and canned corn.
Corn For Kidney Disease
Today’s video is about corn and kidney disease, all types of corn like frozen corn, canned corn and we’re talking about corn and kidney disease. Can you fit corn into your kidney-friendly diet? Yes, you could absolutely have corn for the most part. If you’re new to our channel, subscribe to healthy kidney inc this is Robert Galarowicz naturopath, nutritionist, and kidney disease survivor and I love corn. Now the one issue with corn is phosphorus, it is slightly higher in phosphorus now being from a vegetarian source the phosphorus does absorb as well as if you had the phosphorus from an animal-based food so that’s one benefit. Generally, per serving of whatever type of corn you’re having, it can go up to about 120 milligrams of phosphorus per serving and that high amount is more with popcorn corn. Corn and popcorn with kidney disease can be a great, healthy snack. It could be anywhere from 60 to 80 milligrams of phosphorus but you’re thinking in that area for most people this is acceptable in their kidney diet it’s generally not going to give you that much phosphorus to cause an issue and with it not absorbing well it’s not really a big issue for the most part unless you really have high phosphorus and you’re trying to get your levels out then maybe you want to limit it or get rid of it completely but for most people, corn is going to be okay. Potassium levels are pretty acceptable.
As you see from other videos we’re really not worried about potassium levels are unless you have a problem with your potassium level but other than that corn is a whole grain that has some fiber in it has other nutrients and for diabetic kidney disease anybody with diabetes corn on the glycemic index is anywhere from like 50 to 70. Popcorn is a little higher than other forms of corn on the cob frozen corn they’re going to be lower okay so overall it’s a really good kidney-friendly food if you’re following a low protein diet like I am. Corn fits in perfectly and you have frozen fresh, canned popcorn if you’re buying any type of frozen popcorn or canned you want to make sure you get it with no sodium okay no salt. No salt in it you definitely don’t I want that so if you’re buying in those forms I recommend fresh corn like corn on the cob.
Popcorn For Kidney Disease
Now with popcorn you do have to watch the sodium content now you have a couple of ways you can buy popcorn or make popcorn you can get a maker a popcorn maker and just make popcorn and you can get kernels with no added salt that’s the best way if you’re looking for buy some commercial popcorns you have to look for the lowest sodium content.
I have a couple of bags of popcorn here let me just grab those and here’s one that I purchased it’s a this is from whole foods and it’s reduced-fat reduced-sodium I was really concerned with the sodium and if you look at the back so you always want to check if you’re not used to reading a food label. Popcorn and corn for kidney disease should always be consumed with minimal amounts of salt. Three and a half cups which is quite a bit of a popcorn that’s a great snack and it has about 85 milligrams of sodium for three and a half cups first so just about everybody that will fit in okay always better to make your own popcorn but if you can’t you want to get those low-sodium brands so very popular one that’s in more places if you’re not at whole foods is skinny pop all right skinny pop popcorn if we look at the back three and three-fourths of a cup is 75 milligrams sodium so it’s even better better than the whole foods brand and your makes skinny pop has a few different ones so if you’re gonna buy skinny pop make sure you just check the back all right make sure you check it’s the lower sodium one because they do have higher ones so better to make your own if you’re gonna purchase it make sure you take a look at the back look at that sodium content and least amount ingredients the better okay so least amount of ingredients you find in that back label the better corn chips or also can be acceptable but you have to get the no salt ones, not as easy to find corn tortillas are.
Diabetic Kidney Disease
Corn typically doesn’t tend to raise the blood sugar very high (unless it’s canned corn with high sodium) even people with diabetic nephropathy diabetic kidney disease can have it. I really like popcorn because it has a higher fiber content than having corn on the cob even though those are still very healthy but popcorn has a higher fiber content but you have to watch the sodium in those that are the big thing if you’re buying it make your own corn if you have it put it in your kidney diet unless you have a reason to avoid it as let’s say you have those really high phosphorus levels and even so you can always get a phosphorus binder we have a natural phosphorus binder here at healthykidneyinc.com completely natural it helps support your phosphorus levels. If you’re looking to get those down you can always take a look at our website at healthy kidney inc to view those but corn put them in your renal list, enjoy it keep it low salt to your best kidney health everybody, bye.
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