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Fresh Lemonade

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Fresh Lemonade

If you’re prone to calcium containing kidney stones, consider drinking lemonade as a way to reduce your risk of stone formation. Lemon juice contains citrate, a substance that helps reduce the formation of calcium containing stones.


  • 2 large lemons
  • 8 cups of water


Squeeze 2 large lemons (1/2 cup lemon juice), into 8 cups of water. You can use a regular hand twist juicer or buy already squeezed lemon juice. Serve with ice cubes and a hint of mint for flavor. Drink throughout the day. You can add sugar or a sugar substitute if desired but try to limit your sugar to reduce your risk of stones. For more information on kidney stones see our fact sheet.


Nutrient Analysis

  • Calories: 4 KCal
  • Protein: 0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.4 g
  • Sodium: 10 mg
  • Phosphorus: 1 mg
  • Potassium: 20 mg

Renal Diet Nutrient Analysis

Servings per recipe: 8 cups

Serving size: 1 cup

What is one exchange?
  • 1 Protein Choice = 1oz of meat or 7g of dietary protein
  • 1 Starch Choice = about 15g of carbohydrates
  • 1 Fruit or Vegetable Choice = ½ cup
  • 1 Milk Choice = ½ cup

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