- Vegetarian Diets and Prevention of Kidney Disease
- Resources for Vegetarians with Kidney Disease
Vegetarian Diets and Prevention of Kidney Disease
A 2012 study on lacto-ovo vegetarians, without kidney disease, found the urine of vegetarians to have a 60% lower amount of two different sulfates that are thought to be toxic and are problematic for patients with kidney disease (1). The lower amounts were thought to be due to a combination of lower protein intake, higher fiber intake, and difference in bacteria in the digestive tract.
Resources for Vegetarians with Kidney Disease
- Menu Selection for Vegan Renal Patients—Chef Nancy Berkoff, RD, EdD
- Vegetarian Diet for Kidney Disease Treatment—Joan Brookhyser, RD, CSR, CD
- Meant for those with less than 30% kidney function not receiving dialysis, or those with less than 15% kidney function receiving dialysis.
- Banman, Christine. Vegetarian Meat Substitutes. Journal of Renal Nutrition. 2007 May;18(3);e9-e11.
- Contains a list of meat substitutes and their saturated fat, potassium, phosphorus, and sodium levels.
- Calling all Vegans on Dialysis!—JackNorrisRD.com
1. Patel KP, Luo FJ, Plummer NS, Hostetter TH, Meyer TW. The Production of p-Cresol Sulfate and Indoxyl Sulfate in Vegetarians Versus Omnivores. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2012 Apr 5. [Epub ahead of print]