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    Is There Best Chocolate for Chronic Kidney Disease

    Is There Best Chocolate for Chronic Kidney DiseaseChocolate has become one of the most popular food types and flavors in the world. There are several types of chocolate can be distinguished such as pure, unsweetened chocolate, sweet, black, milk chocolate and so on. There is a question: is there best chocolate for kidney disease patients?

    Let’s see what’s the dietary requirements for kidney disease patients.

    Chronic kidney disease refers that the kidney function loses gradually over a period of months or years. Our kidneys are important filtering organs which can guarantee our body health. A healthy kidney is packed with numerous function like keeping electrolyte and acid-base balance, regulating fluid in the body, and discharging wastes and toxins from the body. However, when diagnosed with kidney disease, the injured kidney fails to function well. Consequently, various disorders will present in themselves. Firstly, a low-protein diet is necessary for the injured kidney and low phosphorus,low potassium and low sodium diet should be included.

    Is there best chocolate for chronic kidney disease?

    To be frank, if you have advanced kidney disease, nephrologist or nutritionist might tell you to stay away from chocolate. The following things can be regarded as the reasons.

    Chocolate is high in potassium

    A 100g serving of dark chocolate with 70 to 85% cacao solids has 308 mg phosphorus. The same amount of white chocolate has 176 mg, which is still prohibitively high. Chocolate mixed with milk is also particularly dangerous because milk is also high in phosphorus.

    Well then, if eating too much chocolate, what will happen next?

    High levels of phosphorus can pull calcium from the bones, which can not only weaken the bones also cause the calcium to deposit in blood vessels, muscles and other areas. And it can be lead to hyperphosphatemia directly which can aggravate illness condition.

    Through the above analysis, we can see that high phosphorus content within chocolate is dangerous for kidney disease patients. While, if you phosphorus level is normal with kidney disease, you can choose a proper amount chocolate to eat. What should you do is to consult a dietitian for an personalized suggestion.


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