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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 People with Polycystic Kidney Disease Eat Chocolate

2013-04-26 11:18

Can People with Polycystic Kidney Disease Eat ChocolateCan people with Polycystic Kidney Disease eat chocolate? Chocolate is considered as the symbol of romance. Almost no one can resist the good taste of chocolate. However, patients with PKD may have heard that they had better avoid chocolate. Is this true?

Chocolate is a great source of nutritions. Rich in protein, fat, vitamin, potassium, dietary finer, etc, chocolate is able to bring us some healthy benefits.

Because chocolate contains a substance that can give us a feeling of peace, eating correct amount of chocolate is able to ease our tension and stress. Chocolate also has catechin just like that in the tea. According to research, catechin has an effect of enhancing immunity and preventing cancer. For people with Polycystic Kidney Disease, once their immunity is increased, they can fight against their disease better.

In addition, the various vitamins and minerals in chocolate are also good for people with Polycystic Kidney Disease. For kidney patients, they usually need more nutritions than the general population, while chocolate just can meet their need.

Having known so many healthy benefits of chocolate, does this means patients with PKD can consume chocolate arbitrarily. Of course, the answer is no.

One reason is that eating too much chocolate is more likely to cause headache that is a common symptom of PKD. Chocolate contains tyramine that is a kind of active acidity and the main factor to cause headache. The other reason is that the cocoa powder in chocolate may stimulate the activity of kidney cysts and prompt the growth of these cysts.

From the above analysis, we can know patients with Polycystic Kidney Disease should limit the intake of chocolate, if they can’t avoid it completely. For every patient, developing a healthy diet is able to slow down the progression of their condition. Never eat any food blindly before consulting doctor.

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