Diet Myth Busters
Myth: People with kidney problems should be on a low potassium diet.
Fact: Not all people with kidney problems need to follow a low potassium diet and there is no benefit to following a low potassium diet if you do not need to. You should follow the guidance of your Renal Dietitian or Renal Specialist.
Myth: People with kidney problems can’t eat bananas.
Fact: if you have been advised to follow a low potassium diet by a Renal Specialist then you should limit bananas to once or twice a week. If however you do not need to follow a low potassium diet then you can enjoy bananas as part of a healthy balanced diet.
Myth: I should double boil potatoes on a low potassium diet.
Fact: This is unnecessary. Boiling potatoes once in plenty of water is adequate.
Myth: Cooking water should be included in my fluid restriction.
Fact: Unless the water is used for a sauce, stock or gravy then it does not need to be included in your fluid allowance.
Myth: Following a low potassium can prevent my kidneys from failing.
Fact: You only need to follow a low potassium diet if you have been advised by a renal specialist, so enjoy a varied and healthy balanced diet including at least 5 portions of fruit and veg each day.
Myth: A low potassium diet is bad for my family
Fact: If you’re struggling to provide a healthy balanced diet to your family while following a low potassium diet then please seek help and support from your renal dietitian.
Myth: Some salts are healthier than others
Fact: As with the general population we should all be careful with the amount of salt we use even if it’s sea salt, Himalayan pink salt, celery salt, garlic salt etc. Instead use herbs, spices, lemon & lime juice, and vinegar to increase flavour in your food.
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