• Does anyone have suggestions on good zero salt foods? No-salt helps to keep our one good kidney happy, right?

    Asked by buckhunter on Tuesday, February 12, 2013

    Does anyone have suggestions on good zero salt foods? No-salt helps to keep our one good kidney happy, right?

    4 Answers from the Community

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    • Clyde's Avatar

      Don't know about if its good for the kidneys or not, but avoiding excessive salt is a good thing for all our body parts.

      There are no zero salt foods, just foods with higher levels of natural salt and foods with a lot of added sodium (more highly processed foods). Stick to preparing your food at home with natural ingredients, avoid adding salt if possible (but not slavishly and use sea salt or natural salt when you do--our bodies need a certain amount, but usually there is enough or close to it in natural foods anyway), avoid fast food at all costs, read labels for sodium and other "salt" words and avoid those that list it early in the ingredient list. This is an easy one to accomplish with a little study and commitment. Sugar should be treated the same way and is much harder to control. Biggest "food" to avoid is soft drinks. Tons of added sodium and sugar and none of it good for you.

      over 3 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      The villains of salt is the added sodium in processed foods and adding salt when cooking or at the table. The amount of sodium in pre-processed, pre-cooked foods is minimal. What you want to focus on is not eating too much processed food (packaged, canned, frozen, pre-made foods (check the nutrition labels for sodium content before buying) and not adding salt when cooking foods or at the table.

      over 3 years ago
    • RobinMartinez's Avatar

      Unless your kidney function is significantly reduced, you can eat a normal diet with a normal amount of salt, protein, and everything else. To measure your kidney function, you should be getting regular blood tests of your creatinine level and BUN, especially before you have CT scans with contrast. Only if your kidney function is decreasing do you need to be concerned about making diet changes.

      You don't need to worry about having just one kidney. In fact you can live normally with as little as a third to a quarter of a kidney if it is functioning well!

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Watching our sodium intake is good, cause there is so much of hidden in processed foods. I had a nepherctomy, and therefore only one kidney, and was never told to watch my salt intake. If your chemo is causing swelling reducing your salt intake may help. I like salt free nut butters, Peanut and almond are my faves (chunky). Fresh fruits and veggies are good too.

      over 3 years ago

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