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Superfoods

You may have heard that superfoods are super important for people with kidney disease. While the idea of completely managing kidney disease by eating certain foods is appealing – the reality is not quite that simple.

Many people think superfoods are foods that have special, almost magical, qualities. While some foods are certainly more nutritious than others, no food is the magic answer for good health.

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Eating a well-balanced diet of nutritious foods — low-sodium foods packed with vitamins and the right minerals — is one of the best things you can do to help stop or slow the progression of kidney disease.

The nutritious foods we are spotlighting in this section were selected because they are super healthy choices, especially for people living with kidney disease. We are eager to introduce you to some foods and recipes that may be new to you. Also, we are excited to share some different ways to prepare some of your old favorites so you can make kidney-healthy food choices for your family and yourself.

When you have kidney disease, a well-balanced diet is your superfood – and can help to make any meal you prepare super! 

Spices

Anise, bay leaf, cinnamon, caraway seed, curry powder, pepper, and chili powder in small bowls.

Spices enhance the flavor and smell of food without adding salt. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Learn more about spices.

Strawberries

Strawberries are a delicious fruit that can be found fresh, frozen, freeze-dried, or in jellies and jams. Strawberries are also a good source of vitamin C, manganese, folate, potassium, and antioxidants.

Learn more about strawberries.

Root Vegetables

Many root vegetables contain antioxidants that can help to fight inflammation. They also provide many nutrients including vitamin C, vitamin A, many B vitamins, vitamin K, vitamin E, calcium, iron, potassium, and manganese. 

Learn more about root vegetables.

Broccoli

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Broccoli is a great source of antioxidants that may enhance your health by reducing inflammation, improving blood sugar control, boosting immunity, and promoting heart health.

Learn more about broccoli.

Beans

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Beans are low in fat and have no saturated fat, trans fat, or cholesterol helping protect your heart from heart disease. 

Learn more about beans.

Nuts and Seeds

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Nuts and seeds contain many beneficial elements such as heart-healthy fats, fiber, plant protein, vitamin E, antioxidants, and more.  

Learn more about nuts and seeds.

Whole Grains

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Whole grains are a great source of dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. 

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Squash

Squash is a good source of essential nutrients for health like fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin C and B6.

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Leafy Greens

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Leafy greens are packed with many vitamins, mineral, and antioxidants, low in calories and high in fiber.

Learn more about leafy greens.

Herbs

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Herbs give flavor to food without the addition of salt.

Learn more about herbs.

Tomatoes

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Tomatoes are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, low in calories and high in fiber.

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Blueberries

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Blueberries are rich in vitamins and antioxidants, low in calories and high in fiber.

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Apples

Apples are rich in antioxidants and a good source of fiber and vitamin C.

Learn more about apples.

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Check back next month for additional foods!



Last Reviewed: 08/24/2021
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