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Portions matter!

Doing recipe analysis for the renal diet is a far more complicated endeavor than I realized when I started out in renal nutrition.  The renal diet is a complex system and each “food group category” has a maximum allowable amount for potassium, sodium, and phosphorus and a minimum amount of protein. You can’t ignore carbohydrates, fibre or fat either since many kidney patients also have to deal with diabetes and cardiac disease. So every once in …

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Read those labels!

Sometimes being a dietitian feels a bit like being a detective. Every once in a while I will come across someone whose blood work just doesn’t seem to make any sense. Diet recalls and food records don’t show any significant sources of potassium or phosphorus so both the patient and I are completely unable to figure out the source of the problem. That is because sometimes it’s not the person who has changed her diet …

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Buyer Beware

Somehow the fall always seems to be such a busy time of year both at work and at home. All of those projects that were put on hold over the summer come back with a vengeance when the cooler weather hits, and this year it’s all about salt! It seems that everything I read lately is warning me about the health risks of too much sodium in the diet. From high blood pressure to kidney …

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Time Flies!!

It’s hard for me to believe that it’s been a year since I started doing a blog for the Kidney Foundation of Canada! This August I’m busy getting ready for “back to school” with my children and am excited about participating in the Kidney Foundation’s Walk for Life in September. A year later headlines and health news reports continue to be full of sodium news and reports about the food industry’s response (or lack of response) …

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What about phosphorus?

The past few weeks have been very busy ones for me.  I have been working on a new project about hidden phosphates in foods. Healthy kidneys help regulate the amount of phosphorus in your blood, and if you have impaired kidney function your healthcare team may recommend you limit your phosphate intake. High phosphorus levels in the blood can lead to bone and cardiovascular problems in kidney patients. Almost all foods contain some phosphorus so it …

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Label Reading for Sodium

I had an excellent question recently from someone who is struggling with label reading for a low sodium diet and I thought it very likely applies to everyone.  Here it is: “I have a sodium question for you.  If the sodium intake for a healthy adult is between 1500mg to 2300mg per day, why is the nutritional information labels on our food based on the intake of 2400mg of sodium per day?  It drives me crazy …

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Shake Up your BBQ without a Salt Shaker

It’s hard to believe that September is here and summer is almost over!  I thought I’d spend a bit more time talking about salt and sodium since it is such an important issue.  When we talk about eating “renal-friendly” limiting salt is the very first thing that comes to mind!  I recently had several questions about using different rock salts for their healing properties.  Some types of salts are being advertised as “cures” for various …

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