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Can Kidney Failure Patients on Dialysis Eat Watermelon

2014-01-19 18:16

watermelon, dialysis, kidney failureSome patients with Chronic Kidney Failure are told to avoid watermelon while others are told it is ok to include. Then what is the real answer to whether can kidney failure patients on dialysis eat watermelon? If you care about such an issue, follow us to find the answer.

Can kidney failure patients on dialysis eat watermelon?

Nutritionally, watermelon is a good source of beta carotene and lycopene, vitamin C, a phytochemical with antioxidant activity that may protect against cancer. But it is a little inappropriate to say dialysis patients are allowed to eat watermelon.

It is easy to exceed your fluid goals if you do not count watermelon as part of your fluid intake. That is because watermelon is 92% fluid and has little fiber. A wedge of watermelon has close to 3 cups of fluid. For dialysis patients on a fluid restriction, watermelon is limited to 1 cup and may be counted as a replacement for fluid if water weight gains are a concern.

When consumed in small portions watermelon is also low in potassium and naturally very low in phosphorus and sodium. So dialysis patients are allowed to eat watermelon, but they must pay attention to the amount.

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Though reasonable diet is very necessary and important, it is unable to treat kidney failure from the root. If you still want to know more about diet, you can email us to kidneyfailuretreat@hotmail.com; if you are interested in other alternatives to dialysis used in other countries, leave us a message below. We are here offering more to help improve the quality of your life.

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