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FooD LAbELs: THE MISSInG DATA
Look at the ingredient list.
When data are missing on the Nutrition Facts panel, use these clues to identify ingredients high in phosphorus and potassium.
• Phosphate additives, such as polyphosphate, phosphoric acid or other “phos” ingredients
Do you see what’s missing?
Listing phosphorus and potassium on the Nutrition Facts panel is optional. If they’re not listed, don’t assume the food is phosphorus- or potassium-free. Why is this important? As kidney function declines, less phosphorus and potassium is removed from the body. Some people control their levels by limiting high-potassium or high-phosphorus foods. The Daily Value (DV) on food labels was established for the general public to help determine if a food is a high or low source of specific nutrients. Some foods do include milligrams or % DV for phosphorus and potassium on the label. Manage your kidney diet by finding out the nutrient content of foods you eat, including potassium and phosphorus. analyze your meal today at DaVita.com/Food-Analyzer.
• "Great source of calcium” often means added calcium phosphate • Enhanced or “plumped” fresh or frozen meat injected with phosphate additives
• Potassium chloride– based salt substitutes (400 to 825 mg potassium per 1/4 teaspoon) Potassium chloride in reduced sodium and low-sodium products
Here’s a guide to interpret the numbers when available:
LoW mEDiUm 50 mg or up to 5% DV 51-150 mg or 6-15% DV 151-200 mg or 16-20% DV More than 200 mg or greater than 20% DV
Consider the food and portion. Is it an entrée, complete meal or only one food item? What’s your daily target? The numbers vary for each person, but in general a lowphosphorus diet is 800 to 1,000 mg/day and a low-potassium diet is 2,000 to 3,000 mg/day.
HiGH VERy HiGH
LoW mEDiUm HiGH VERy HiGH 0-140 mg or up to 4% DV 141-250 mg or up to 7% DV 251-500 mg or up to 14% DV More than 500 mg or greater than 14% DV
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Kidney Smart Magazine
Kidney Smart - Volume 1
Kidney Smart Is the Smart Start
The 411 on Kidney Disease
Your Own Personal A-Team
Managing the Medicine Chest
Food Labels: The Missing Data
Dining on the Go
Keeping You Covered
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