Plant-based Milk and Kidneys | Best and Worst Milks for Kidney Stones & CKD
This video is about plant-based milk and kidneys, and their impact and what’s good what you should avoid with chronic kidney disease and kidney stone formation.
This comes from some research that came from the journal of renal nutrition May, 2022 “plant-based milk alternatives and risk factors for kidney stones and chronic kidney disease” so a really interesting study. They talk about the different milks and the impact which we’ll get into.
What do they find in this research? Here’s what they mentioned. Compared to dairy milk: oat, macadamia, rice, and soy milk compare favorably in terms of kidney stone risk. Almond and cashew milk have a higher potential for kidney stone risk formation so you should definitely avoid those. You can try the other ones. Unfortunately they don’t recommend a preferred plant-based milk in this study so that’s something that was one of the downfalls they didn’t come up with a preferred one, but they recommend ones that were comparable to dairy and then ones that you should definitely avoid. So avoid that almond and cashew milk if you’re at risk for kidney stones and you’re trying to follow a diet to minimize your risk of kidney stones.
Now for chronic kidney disease, they mention one milk here: coconut milk. They recommend this as the best plant-based milk for kidney disease and this is based on sodium potassium oxalate levels and phosphorus levels. So if you have chronic kidney disease, coconut milk can be an option for you but always make sure to read that label to check for additional ingredients that may be in there like phosphates if that’s something you’re really restricting in your diet or a lot of sodium.