Why are low phosphorus cheeses superfoods?
- Cheese is a good source of calcium, protein, vitamin B12, and vitamin A, and phosphorus.
- Some cheeses may contain probiotics or “good” bacteria to improve digestive health, including Swiss, Gouda, Gruyere, cheddar, and cottage cheese.
- Cheese can be eaten alone for a delicious treat, prepared as a dip, or enhance the flavor of your favorite dish.
Low phosphorus cheese and kidney disease
The amount and type of cheese you can have will depend on your stage of kidney disease or the type of dialysis you receive. If you need to limit phosphorus, look for ingredients on the label that contain “phos”—this means additional phosphorus ingredients have been added, usually in processed cheese sauce, canned spray cheese and pasteurized cheese products, and processed American cheese. Find a kidney dietitian near you.
What cheese are kidney-friendly?
||1 oz=2 Tbsp
|Goat cheese (soft)
|Monterey jack cheese
|Parmesan cheese, grated
||½ oz, 1 Tbsp
|Low-sodium cheddar or Colby cheese
Recipe–Macaroni and cheese
Serving size: 4 servings per recipe
- 1 cup uncooked noodles, any shape
- 3 cups water
- ½ cup cheddar cheese, grated
- 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
- ¼ teaspoon dry ground mustard
- Boil water, add noodles, and cook for 5-7 minutes or until tender.
- While still very hot, sprinkle noodles with cheese then stir in butter and ground mustard.
Dietary fiber...6 g
Source: Northwest Kidney Centers https://www.nwkidney.org/recipe/mac-in-a-flash-macaroni-cheese/
For more information, contact the National Kidney Foundation
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