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Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a group of disorders that result from the formation and progressive enlargement of cysts in the kidneys without dysplasia, usually leading to renal failure.

Can I Eat Chocolate with Polycystic Kidney Disease

2014-02-28 15:23

Can I Eat Chocolate with Polycystic Kidney DiseaseFor Polycystic Kidney Disease patients, they should be strict attention to diet in daily life. Improper diet not only aggravates the condition but also brings great physical trauma for them. Can PKD patients eat chocolate?

As a great source of nutritions, chocolate is rich in protein, fat, vitamin, potassium, dietary finer, etc. Chocolate is able to bring us some healthy care efficacy such as anti-depression, decreasing the heart disease, delaying the brain function declining, keeping a good mood and so on.

Kidney disease experts says, although chocolate is very popular among people, for patients with polycystic kidney disease, they should limit the chocolate intake in their diet. Here are the disadvantages about chocolate.

Enlarge the kidney cysts

As we all know, chocolate contains caffeine which can cause the cyst fluids production and lead to kidney cysts enlargement in both numbers and size.

Increase the kidney damage

Chocolate is rich in phosphorus. If polycystic kidney disease patients eat too much, it is harmful for renal function. Patients may suffer from some severe complications or other kidney diseases.

Enhance high blood pressure

Chocolate is made from cacao, which contains a substance called theobromine. This harmful ingredient can increase the high blood pressure, which is the common complications in polycystic kidney disease.

From the above analysis, patients should avoid chocolate in diet.

Besides,  these foods should be avoided in the PKD diet:

- Fermentation products like fermented bean curd, rotten eggs.

- Strong drinks such as Alcohol. Patients should keep away from it to prevent the growth of kidney cysts.

- Visceral foods especially the animal liver. You know, these food coming from the animal body will increase the burden to kidney.

- High protein food such as soybeans, tofu and other soy products.

Every PKD patients should have a low protein diet to relieve renal excretion.

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