Ask the Doctor
Questions about kidney disease? Risk factors? Signs and symptoms? Are you concerned about yourself, a friend or family member? Ask Dr. Spry.
1. I've heard mixed messages about carbohydrates and grains. Which ones are the healthiest?
Here are some tips to help you choose healthy grains:
As you can see from this graph, whole wheat bread contains much more of some nutrients than enriched white bread. Magnesium, potassium and phosphorus are shown, but fiber, and zinc are also found in greater amounts in whole wheat bread.
2. What types of grains should I eat for optimal kidney health?
To prevent kidney disease, especially you have diabetes or high blood pressure, choose whole grain foods for extra fiber. This can help you feel full while also maintaining weight control, and possibly blood sugar control. If you have kidney disease, check with your health care provider regarding the need to limit potassium and/or phosphorus in your diet. If so, limit whole grain foods.