Avocados are often praised for their many nutritious qualities, including their heart-healthy fats, fiber, and antioxidants. But while avocados are usually a beneficial complement to any diet, having too many can be dangerous, especially for those with kidney disease.
Avocados are a very rich source of potassium but if people with kidney disease still want to eat them, they can reduce their portions to one-quarter to keep their kidneys happy.
Getting UTIs Often
While we realize that nobody actually wants to get a urinary tract infection, it's definitely important to know that getting them often can cause even more havoc for your kidneys. Certain urinary tract infections can result in scarring the kidneys as the infection heals.
It can lead to kidney damage if it happens several times and can lead to kidney disease. So if you're prone to these kinds of infections make sure to get them taken care of as soon as possible.
Eating Too Much Licorice
Take note licorice lovers, and dial back on binging this year. While rare, licorice poisoning can happen and its effect on kidneys can be devastating. Binging on licorice has also resulted in toxicity which can lead to kidney failure.
If you’re 40 or older, eating two handfuls of black licorice every day for at least two weeks can put you in hospital. So be careful if you love your licorice and limit your portions.
Eating Too Many Canned Foods
Canned foods like soups, ready-to-eat fruits, and beans are frequently bought because of convenience. However, most canned foods have high amounts of salt, which acts as a preservative to increase their shelf life. It’s often recommended that people with kidney disease avoid or limit their consumption of canned foods.
There are sometimes lower-sodium varieties or those labeled “no salt added” which are better. Otherwise, draining the added contents and rinsing canned foods can help decrease the sodium content by a large amount.
Eating Too Many Whole Wheat Products
Choosing the right bread can feel confusing at times, especially for individuals with kidney disease. Whole wheat bread is typically recommended over refined, white flour bread, but not if you're on a renal diet for your kidneys.
Whole wheat bread may be a more nutritious choice, mostly due to its higher fiber content, but its phosphorus and potassium content is very high compared to white bread. This could be harmful to people with sensitive kidneys.