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The best candy for a kidney diet

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    Regarding sweets, my husband loves candy, exactly what can he have?

    This is a great question and one that is asked more often around this time of the year as we head into the holiday season. As with anything, moderation is the key to maintaining a healthy diet. There are certain types of candy that contain higher levels of phosphorus and potassium. People with chronic kidney disease cannot remove excess phosphorus and potassium from their blood and this can be dangerous. Too much phosphorus can cause bone disease and heart problems, low calcium levels and hardening of the arteries. Potassium controls nerve and muscle functions and the heart’s rhythm can be affected when potassium levels become too high.
    In general, most candies that contain nuts or chocolate will be higher in both phosphorus and potassium. There are many candies however that are acceptable for people who have kidney disease or are on dialysis. It’s always important to check the nutrition label to make sure it is low in phosphorus and potassium. Since most labels do not contain specific information on potassium or phosphorus, here is a list of candies that are kidney-friendly:
    • Sweetarts®
    • Jolly Ranchers®
    • Lifesavers®
    • Lemonhead®
    • Candy canes
    • Lollipops
    • Runts®
    • Mike and Ike ®

    The following candies are higher in phosphorus and potassium and should be eaten in limited amounts:
    • Toffee
    • Caramel type candies
    • Caramel popcorn
    • Candy bars containing chocolate, caramel, peanut butter or nuts.

    Here is a link to a article with extensive lists of acceptable candies.

    Posted by Jaime Austin, RDN, CSG, LD, Davita Dietitian. Janesville WI