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Best Foods Low in Phosphorus for People with Diabetes

Best Foods Low in Phosphorus for People with Diabetes

  By: Editors at DiabetesIQ  |  Published: February 16, 2022   
Published: February 16, 2022   

Best Foods Low in Phosphorus for People with DiabetesBest Foods Low in Phosphorus for People with Diabetes
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Although diabetes is a manageable disease, actually succeeding in keeping it at bay is not exactly a straight line. Diabetes is commonly associated with mastering blood sugar levels control, but blood sugar is not the only factor that you should be keeping an eye on if you have diabetes.

One of the most common complications of diabetes is kidney disease. It mostly occurs due do the damage of blood vessels. Kidney disease in diabetic patients is anything but rare. – Over 30 percent of adults with diabetes suffer from kidney disease.

Kidneys are organs that play a crucial role in your body. – They help filter the blood, produce hormones, strengthen your bones, regulate fluid balance and blood pressure, and remove waste products from your body.

If you have diabetes and kidney disease, you need to take extra care when it comes to preserving your kidney function that has already been compromised. For that reason, you have to limit the consumption of certain minerals, one of which is phosphorus.

When kidneys function normally, they handle the task of getting rid of extra phosphorus just fine. However, when the kidneys are not working properly, the body cannot remove the unneeded phosphorus effectively.

If you have too much phosphorus in your blood, it can lead to misbalance between the amount of calcium and phosphorus. To compensate the excess of phosphorus, your body will try to pull the calcium from your bones, which can make them weak and brittle. So, if you have diabetes and kidney disease, you should watch the amount of phosphorus you consume. That means you’d better stay away from such high phosphorus foods as beans, lentils, nuts, dairy, oatmeal, and drinks with phosphate additives. Instead, you should opt for such lower-phosphorus alternatives as fish, rice, pasta, bread, drinks with phosphate additives, rice and corn cereal, and also fresh fruits and vegetables.

This variety of foods gives you quite some room for imagination in the kitchen and you can make plenty of interesting dishes using the named ingredients. We also have a few recipes with low-phosphorus ingredients to share with you.

Brown Rice with Vegetables

Brown rice and vegetables makes a great diabetic-friendly side dish that will complement any main course.

Rice Noodles with Tofu and Vegetables

This savory diabetic-friendly dish has a bold flavor and vibrant colors thanks to the combination of its ingredients and it is a perfect fit for a vegetarian diet.

Tuna Sushi Roll with Cauliflower Rice

This is a recipe for a great tasting, low-carb and diabetic-friendly tuna sushi roll made with cauliflower rice.

Beetroot Salad with Apple, Prunes and Walnuts

An excellent combination of boiled beets and fresh crispy apple, complemented by prunes and walnuts gives you an easy to make, healthy, and diabetic-friendly salad.

Salmon with Orange and Ginger

It’s hard to find a healthier dish than baked salmon. But if you got bored with your usual way of baking the fish, try this diabetic-friendly recipe that gives salmon a very unique flavor.

Miso Soup with Salmon

This is a recipe for a delicious and savory miso soup with salmon that is very quick and easy to make!

Tuna Steak with Brussels Sprouts

This diabetic-friendly dinner entrée is very delicious and flavorful. The fish is marinated because tuna absorbs and retains the aromas of sauces and marinades very well, and Brussels sprouts perfectly complements the fish.

Kohlrabi and Pine Nuts Salad

This is a simple salad with unique taste. Made with diabetic-friendly ingredients, kohlrabi and pine nuts salad not only tasty, but very healthy as well – a valuable addition to your lunch and dinner menu!

Asparagus, Bell Pepper and Cauliflower Salad with Spinach and Olives

This diabetic-friendly salad is a perfect harmony of taste and health benefits.
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