Are Peanuts Bad for CKD? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Peanuts are bad for CKD. Because they have phosphorus, potassium, and sodium and they can worsen your kidney function and increase your risk of complications.

CKD is a condition that affects your kidneys.

In CKD, your kidneys are damaged and cannot filter blood properly.

This can lead to various health problems, such as high blood pressure, anemia, bone disease, and cardiovascular disease.

One of the key factors in managing CKD is diet.

What you consume can affect your electrolytes, fluid, protein, and mineral levels, which can impact your CKD symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage CKD, you should consume potassium, phosphorus, and sodium low foods like fruits, vegetables, and grains and avoid potassium, phosphorus, and sodium high foods like dairy products, nuts, and processed foods.

Now, peanuts are legumes that are rich in protein, fiber, healthy fats, and antioxidants.

People usually eat them raw, roasted, or as peanut butter.

Peanuts are bad for CKD because they contain high amounts of phosphorus, potassium, and sodium.

These nutrients can worsen your kidney function and increase your risk of complications.

Peanuts are bad for all types of CKD, especially stage 3 and above.

One ounce of peanuts can give you 107 mg of phosphorus (11% of your daily needs), 200 mg of potassium (4% of your daily needs), and 5 mg of sodium (0.2% of your daily needs).

Phosphorus can cause your bones to become weak and brittle, as well as increase the buildup of calcium in your blood vessels.

Potassium can cause your heart to beat irregularly or stop, as well as affect your nerve and muscle function.

Sodium can cause your blood pressure to rise, as well as increase your fluid retention and swelling.

Furthermore, peanuts are a plant-based protein and protein is bad for CKD.

Because, protein can increase the workload of your kidneys and accelerate their decline.

That’s why I suggest you limit your peanut intake to avoid further damage to your kidneys.

Stick to no more than one ounce of peanuts per week to minimize the negative effects of phosphorus, potassium, and sodium.

Also, you shouldn’t eat peanuts if you have allergies to them or suffer from gout to prevent anaphylaxis or uric acid buildup.

Because, peanuts can trigger severe allergic reactions or increase the production of uric acid in your body.

You can buy fresh peanuts in your local market or can order them from online.

Always choose unsalted and unflavored peanuts.

Because, salted and flavored peanuts can add more sodium and other additives to your diet.

You can store them in an airtight container in a cool and dry place for up to six months.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing CKD effectively.

I always recommend my CKD patients to follow a CKD-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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