Subscribe to this Thread…
Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2006

    Dairy Options When You’re on Dialysis

    Dairy Options When You’re on Dialysis

    The reduction in dairy products that comes with a renal diet is often one of the biggest adjustments
    for people trying to follow a renal diet. While most dairy products are tough to fit in to the diet, there are a few options out there.
    This issue’s article will walk you through the dos and don’ts in this category.

    Milk~~ All natural milks (cow – regular and low fat, goat’s milk, sheep’s milk, etc.) are quite high in
    phosphorus and potassium. So these are best left out of your diet most of the time.
    Other types of milk include soy milk, almond milk and rice milk.
    Soy milk has similar amounts of phosphorus and potassium to regular milk, making it a poor option also.

    Almond milk is low in phosphorus and contains about 40% less potassium than cow’s milk,
    making it a better choice, in small amounts.

    Rice milk is low in both phosphorus and potassium as long as it does not contain added “tricalcium phosphate”.
    This makes rice milk the best option, but check that ingredients list for “tricalcium phosphate” before you buy.

    Non-dairy creamers used to make a good substitute for milk, but most brands now contain added phosphorus.
    Check with your dietitian to see if there are any brands sold in your area that do not contain added phosphorus.

    Cheese~~ When milk is turned into cheese, liquid, known as whey, is removed.
    The whey contains most of the potassium that was in the milk. This means that cheese is much lower in potassium than milk.
    On the other hand, removing the whey from milk concentrates the phosphorus, making cheese higher
    in phosphorus than milk ounce for ounce. This makes cheese another dairy food you should avoid most of the time.
    But there are a couple of exceptions that you can consider.

    Cottage Cheese is lower in phosphorus than most cheeses ounce per ounce, but you should still
    work closely with your dietitian if you want to include it in your diet.

    Cream cheese is the other exception. An ounce of cream cheese contains much less phosphorus than
    an ounce of other cheeses, making it a better option for people trying to follow a renal diet.

    Yogurt~~ Like the milk used to make it, yogurt is also loaded in potassium and phosphorus.
    It generally should be avoided when you are following a renal diet.
    Some grocery stores now carry yogurt made from coconut milk, soy milk, almond milk and rice milk.
    Unfortunately, most of these contain added phosphorus, making them not much better than regular yogurt.

    Ice cream & frozen yogurt~~ Both ice cream and frozen yogurt contain some phosphorus,
    and frozen yogurt is quite high in potassium.
    A better option is sherbet, which contains about half as much potassium and phosphorus as ice cream.
    Berryflavored sorbet (such as strawberry or raspberry) is another good option.

    Sour cream~~ Sour cream can be used in small portions (no more than 1 ounce, or two Tablespoons)
    in a renal diet without increasing your potassium and phosphorus intakes substantially.

    Heavy cream~~ While certainly a fattening food, heavy cream is actually fairly low in
    phosphorus and potassium relative to other dairy products.
    For those of you who need to gain a little weight, this is a great option to increase your calories.
    Half and half contains much more milk than heavy cream, so it is higher in phosphorus and potassium
    than heavy cream, making it a poor choice.

    Phosphorus and Potassium Content of Selected Dairy Foods:
    Source: USDA National Nutrient Database

    Ice cream, ½ cup: 69 mg Phosphorus, 131 mg Potassium
    Frozen yogurt, ½ cup: 88 mg Phosphorus, 231 mg Potassium
    Sherbet, ½ cup: 30 mg Phosphorus, 71 mg Potassium
    Heavy Cream, 2 Tablespoons: 19mg Phosphorus & 22 mg Potassium
    Half & half, 2 Tablespoons: 28mg Phosphorus & 39 mg Potassium
    Sour cream, 2 Tablespoons: 33 mg Phosphorus & 41mg Potassium
    Cream Cheese, 2 Tablespoons, 31mg Phosphorus, & 40 mg Potassium
    Cottage Cheese, ¼ cup (2 oz.), 92 mg Phosphorus, 47 mg Potassium
    Cheddar cheese, 1 ounce, 145 mg Phosphorus, 28 mg potassium
    Mozzarella cheese, 1 ounce, 131 mg Phosphorus & 24 mg Potassium
    Parmesan cheese, 1 ounce, 197 mg Phosphorus, 26 mg Potassium
    I received the GIFT OF LIFE on Nov 9, 2010 thanks to my wonderful donor Laura and her family!

  2. #2
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    First of all I am so happy for you. I have Stage 4 Kidney Disease and I am very nervous about getting worse. I have been doing well since 1997; without dialysis but I loathed the day my diet can't save me. I have lost 11.5 pounds of body fat at the Lahey Hospital in Peabody, Ma. Today I weigh 161.8. I am trying to reach a goal of 155. Your information on Phosphorus was very helpful, thanks.

    Brenda M.

  3. #3
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Hi Marina,
    One more thing could you tell me how can I get on a list for a donor. My doctors keep telling me I can live a long life. I do not feel that way.

    Brenda M.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts