Tomatoes are EVERYwhere and are featured in several of the most popular foods (pizza anyone?). From sauces, to juices, to salads, toppings and everything in between, tomatoes are a hallmark of Italian cuisine and have become a staple of most Americans’ diets.
But, as with every food, when you have chronic kidney issues, you need to start re-assessing and going back to the drawing board. Meaning, evaluation of what this food, no matter how “healthy” you think it is, and what it contains and in what amounts. Is this food rich in potassium? Phosphorus? Protein? Could it throw off my levels? Even in things like sauces and juices, which are by their very nature more concentrated, these questions become crucial. Everything that goes into your body is eventually processed by the kidneys, so you need to be an active participant in ensuring that only the best gets through, and limit as much of the toxic junk as possible. So, what’s the healthy kidney verdict on tomatoes? Let’s explore!
Tamarind – Tomatoes in short resemble these three tastes: sweet, tart, and tangy. They’ve naturally had this delicious tartness and it complements a variety of cuisines. Tamarind is a tropical fruit with numerous health benefits and is one of the ingredients that come closest to mimicking the fresh sweet-tanginess of tomatoes. Adding a hint of tamarind to soups, curries, or stir fries can seriously add some flavor into your renal diet. Furthermore, a glass of tamarind juice will keep you full for longer and prevent you from overeating or bingeing on unhealthy snacks. It has also been linked with assisting weight loss and suppressing hunger.
Alternatives for Tomato Soup
French onion, chicken, leek & potato etc.
French Onion Soup – French onion soup may not look or taste like tomato soup but they’re a wonderful alternative and are surprisingly healthy. The onions in it provide a powerful anti-inflammatory substance called Quercetin. Quercetin has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects which might help reduce inflammation, kill cancer cells, control blood sugar, and help prevent heart disease. For a vegan or vegetarian option, a vegetable broth will do the job although you will need to take the time to cook the onions thoroughly.
For more info on tomatoes and all other dietary components of a healthy kidney diet, be sure to check out our diet guide in the shop and our videos on YouTube. We even have one about tomatoes with even more information! Do you have a favorite ‘nomato’ tomato recipe or swap you’d like to share with us? Feel free to comment and while you’re there be sure to like, subscribe and share as well!