The Best Dialysis Diet Tips!


So you are about to start dialysis, this can mean some big changes coming up for your lifestyle and an adjustment to your normal diet. Below are a few tips as to what you can expect your doctor to recommend when it comes to your new healthy eating habits!

 2-3 servings of low potassium fruits…

  • Apple (1)
  • Berries (½ cup)
  • Cherries (10)
  • Fruit cocktail, drained (½ cup)
  • Grapes (15)
  • Peach (1 small fresh or canned, drained)
  • Pear, fresh or canned, drained (1 halve)
  • Pineapple (½ cup canned, drained)
  • Plums (1-2)
  • Tangerine (1)
  • Watermelon (1 small wedge)
2-3 servings of low-potassium vegetables…
  • Broccoli (raw or cooked from frozen)
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Green and Wax beans (“string beans”)
  • Lettuce-all types (1 cup)
  • Onion
  • Peppers-all types and colors
  • Radishes
  • Watercress
  • Zucchini and Yellow squash
Eat 8-10 ounces of high protein foods…
  • Beef
  • Chicken Breast
  • Porkchops
  • Fish
  • Crabs
  • Tuna
  • Shrimp
  • Lobster

Here are some foods that you should now avoid…

  • Oranges and orange juice
  • Kiwis
  • Nectarines
  • Prunes and prune juice
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Brie cheese
  • Non-dairy whipped topping
  • Raisins and dried fruit
  • Bananas
  • Melons (cantaloupe and honeydew)
  • Butter and tub margarine
  • Cream cheese
  • Heavy cream
  • Sherbet

Always consult your doctor and health professional before making any permanent changes to your diet, factors like cholesterol, diabetes, and weight may mean you need to adjust a few things here and there.  


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