Kidney Diet Food Advice

In the early stages of kidney disease you will need to eat the correct type of kidney diet foods. If you have kidney disease your kidneys are unable to process and get rid of the wastes from your blood. These wastes come from the food that you eat and from the fluids that you drink. Kidney disease progresses over time  until eventually the kidneys will fail.

The types of food you can eat will primarily be given to you by your doctor and dietitian as you will be on a specific kidney diet. Listed below are some foods that can be incorporated into your diet plan. If you would like more information on recipes and a kidney diet plan specifically designed for kidney disease  sufferers then click here.

Meat and Meat Substitutes

  • Beef, like sirloin, T-bone, porterhouse, rib, ground beef or ground chuck. One ounce.
  • Lamb chops, legs, or roasts. One ounce.
  • Pork such as fresh ham, tenderloin, chops, loin roasts, or cutlets. One ounce
  • Poultry, such as chicken, turkey, domestic duck, or goose. One ounce.
  • Any frozen or fresh fish. One ounce.
  • Scallops, shrimp, lobster or clams. One ounce
  • Crab or oysters. One and a half ounces.
  • One ounce of canned tuna, unsalted canned salmon, or unsalted sardines.
  • One large whole egg, or two large egg whites or yolks.
  • Quarter of a cup of low-cholesterol egg product.


One serving is equal to one-half cup, unless otherwise specified.

Low potassium. Which is 0-100mg

  • One cup of alfalfa sprouts.
  • Green or wax beans, and bean sprouts.
  • Raw cabbage.
  • Peeled cucumber.
  • All varieties of lettuce (one cup).
  • One green, sweet pepper.

Medium potassium.

  • Five spears of asparagus.
  • Broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, and onions.
  • One small raw carrot, or one stalk of raw celery.
  • One-half of a cup, or one-half of an ear of corn.
  • Fresh and canned mushrooms. (Mushrooms have 40 mg of phosphorus or more, per serving.)
  • Green or snow peas.
  • Raw spinach.
  • Summer squash.

High potassium.

  • Artichoke, or cooked celery.
  • Quarter of a whole avocado.
  • Unsalted or regular vegetable juice cocktail. (Regular vegetable juice cocktail is high in sodium.)
  • Unsalted or regular tomato juice. (Regular tomato juice is high in sodium.)
  • One-fourth of a cup of tomato sauce.
  • One medium tomato.

The kidney diet foods listed above are only guide lines. You should always consult with your doctor and a qualified dietitian. Not following a kidney disease diet could cause your kidneys to work harder, which may cause total kidney failure to happen quicker.