Are Grapes Good for CKD? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Grapes are good for CKD in moderation. Because they have antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that may benefit your kidneys, heart, and eyes.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a condition that affects your kidneys, which are organs that filter wastes and excess fluids from your blood.

In CKD, your body gradually loses kidney function over time.

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

One of the key factors in managing CKD is diet.

What you consume can affect your blood pressure, blood sugar, electrolyte balance, and kidney function, which can impact your CKD symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage CKD, you should consume potassium, phosphorus, and sodium low foods like apples, carrots, rice, and lean meats, and avoid potassium, phosphorus, and sodium high foods like bananas, cheese, nuts, and processed foods.

Now, grapes are a type of fruit that grow in clusters on vines.

People usually eat them fresh, dried, or as juice, jam, or wine.

Grapes are good for CKD because they contain antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that may benefit your heart, eyes, and immune system.

However, they also contain some potassium and sugar, which may need to be limited depending on your stage of CKD and your blood test results.

3/4 cup (90 grams) of grapes can give you 22 mcg of vitamin K (25% of your daily needs), 3.7 mg of vitamin C (4% of your daily needs), 176 mg of potassium (4% of your daily needs), and 15 grams of sugar (5% of your daily needs).

Vitamin K can help with blood clotting and bone health.

Vitamin C can help with wound healing and infection prevention.

Potassium can help with nerve and muscle function and blood pressure regulation.

Sugar can provide energy and taste.

However, too much vitamin K can interfere with some blood thinners, such as warfarin.

Too much vitamin C can cause diarrhea and kidney stones.

Too much potassium can cause irregular heartbeat and muscle weakness.

Too much sugar can raise your blood glucose levels and increase your risk of diabetes.

Furthermore, grapes are a source of resveratrol, a phytochemical that has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties.

Resveratrol is good for CKD because it may protect your kidneys from oxidative stress and inflammation, which are major causes of kidney damage.

It may also lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, which are risk factors for heart disease.

You can eat grapes in moderation as part of a balanced and varied diet for CKD.

The recommended serving size is 3/4 cup (90 grams) per day.

More than that can cause excess potassium and sugar intake, which can worsen your CKD and increase your risk of complications.

Also, you shouldn’t eat grapes if you have high potassium levels or diabetes, or if you are allergic to them.

Eating grapes can worsen your condition and cause serious side effects, such as hyperkalemia, hypoglycemia, or anaphylaxis.

Because grapes can affect your blood sugar and blood pressure levels, you should also monitor them regularly and adjust your medications accordingly.

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

Always choose grapes that are firm, plump, and free of bruises or mold.

Because grapes tend to be high in pesticides, you may want to choose organically grown grapes or wash them thoroughly before eating.

You can store them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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 nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

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

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