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Is Coconut Meat Good for PKD Patient

2014-06-18 07:14

Is Coconut Meat Good for PKD PatientCoconut meat contains many essential nutrients that make it a valuable asset to your diet. However, things will get complex when people have Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). Whether coconut meat is good for PKD patients depend on their illness condition. Why?

When coconut is not a good choice for PKD patients?

Coconut contains rich potassium, whose level plays a very important role in the treatment of PKD. If people are diagnosed with PKD, their kidneys cannot keep the electrolyte balance so that they may experience a high level of potassium, which is called “Hyperkalemia” medically. At this time, taking too much coconut meat will cause further damage on the kidneys. Therefore, please consult your doctor about how much coconut meat you can take.

When coconut is good for PKD patients?

Firstly, large amounts of medium chain fatty acids is seen in the coconut meat. Unlike other saturated fats, which are long chain fatty acids, most of the fat in coconut is a medium chain fatty acid. Medium chain fatty acids are broken down much faster than long chain fatty acids, so they do not contribute to high cholesterol, as long chain fatty acids do.

Secondly, coconut meat contains as much as 7.2g of fiber per cup which is over 20 percent of your recommended daily value. It is recommended that you should consume 14g of fiber for every 1000 calories you eat. Consuming foods high in fiber helps keep you feeling full so you are less likely to overeat. If PKD patients have a poor appetite or vomiting, coconut is a good choice.

Thirdly, coconut meat is low in sodium and very high in iron and vitamin B6. All these properties are beneficial for the kidney structure rebuilding.

To sum up, moderate intake of coconut meat is OK for PKD patients. As for the specific amount, you should consult your doctor or you can leave a message below and we will reply you as soon as possible.

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