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Can A Patient on Dialysis Eat Cassava

2014-02-28 14:06

Can A Patient on Dialysis Eat CassavaCan a kidney disease patient on dialysis eat cassava? Cassava root is one excellent source of starch, so it can provide energy for us. Healthy people can get a series of health benefits from cooked cassava. Is this condition same for dialysis patients?

Dialysis is usually needed when kidneys are functioning less than 15%. Of course, some emergency issues make kidney patients have to begin dialysis earlier. However, dialysis is unable to work as effectively as healthy kidneys, so patients have to follow a restricted diet plan tightly.

Cassava is one common food especially for people in Brazil, Paraguay, Africa, etc. In addition to starch, cassava also contains many other nutritions such as vitamin, mineral, fiber, etc. Some of these nutritions are good for dialysis patients, while some others are bad.

Nutritions of cassava good for dialysis patients

1. Vitamin C and folate: Both of these two nutritions abundant in cassava are common antioxidants that can help protect remaining kidney function and improve patients’ immunity.

2. Fiber: Because of restricted diet plan and limited fluid intake, dialysis patients are more likely to suffer from constipation. Foods contain rich fiber that can help ease this symptom.

3. Magnesium: Cassava rich in magnesium is able to help lower high blood pressure and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

4. Copper: Copper is one mineral found commonly in cassava that has an effect on supporting healthy nerve function.

Nutritions of cassava bad for dialysis patients

1. Potassium: If patients are taking hemodialysis, they should also control the intake of potassium-containing foods, while cassava is just high in potassium that may cause high potassium level easily if taken excessive amount.

2. Toxin: Raw cassava is toxic, so dialysis patients must eat cooked cassava.

3. Phosphorus: Different from healthy kidneys, dialysis is unable to remove extra phosphorus efficiently, so patients should control the intake of phosphorus-containing foods like cassava.

In view of this, dialysis patients should eat cassava carefully. Consult the doctor online to see how much cassava to ea is safe for you.

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