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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! 

Whole Grains


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

Learn more about whole grains.


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

Learn more about squash.

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.


pots of fresh herbs

Herbs give flavor to food without the addition of salt.

Learn more about herbs.


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

Learn more about tomatoes.


cartons of blueberries

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

Learn more about blueberries.


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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