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Reducing the Potassium in Legumes

By Community Kitchen

Did you know that you can drastically reduce the quantity of potassium in legumes? Indeed, according to a study, it is possible to prepare legumes (in this case chickpeas and lentils) in such a way that most potassium is eliminated.  If you have chronic kidney disease, you certainly know that what you eat directly affects your health. Following your Registered Dietitian and doctor’s instructions, you may need to limit your consumption of minerals like potassium, phosphorus and sodium.  If you … (Read more)

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Guest Blog post by Shirley (member of KidneyConnect.ca)

By Community Kitchen

This is a guest post by Shirley MacNutt, Kidney Connect member, who kindly allowed us to share her post here. Disclaimer – This blog was not written by a healthcare professional but represents the experiences of an individual patient.  There is no standard renal diet so if you have questions about your own diet check with your renal dietitian prior to making changes. I was diagnosed at age 22. I’m now 64. When my function got to 50% I was … (Read more)

Kidney Friendly Cooking for people with chronic kidney disease: a NEW COOKBOOK!

By Community Kitchen

This is a guest blog by Leah Butcher, dietetic summer student at Kidney Foundation of Canada At the Kidney Foundation, we get numerous calls about which renal friendly cookbooks we would recommend.  If you only need to reduce sodium there are MANY cookbooks out there.  But if you need to limit sodium, potassium, AND phosphorus, the number of cookbooks on Amazon is limited and many are at least a decade old. There’s a lot of work that goes into ensuring … (Read more)

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Modifying Chinese Food to Fit a Renal Diet

By Community Kitchen

This is a guest blog by Leah Butcher, dietetic summer student at Kidney Foundation of Canada We know that there are benefits to following a renal diet if you have kidney disease.  For instance, reducing sodium (salt) intake can help lower blood pressure, decrease the sense of thirst and reduce the risk of edema (swelling) in the arms, legs and face. However not everyone who has kidney disease finds it easy to stick to their diet restrictions.  In one study, … (Read more)

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Spotlight on phosphorus: the nutrition facts table’s missing mineral

By Community Kitchen

This is a guest blog by Emily Robins, Dietetic Intern, Grand River Hospital – Kitchener, ON Over the past four weeks I have had the opportunity to intern under the supervision of June Martin, Registered Dietitian for the Grand River Regional Renal Program. I have spent most of my time here working with patients in the hemodialysis unit, assessing their nutritional status and providing nutrition intervention and counselling as needed. As a student I learned that one of the functions … (Read more)

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