Jan 25, 2023
Protein is essential for building muscle and fighting infections. Our body can't produce amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein, so it's necessary to obtain it from food sources such as plants and animals.
Plants sources include soy, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, and texturized vegetable protein. Animal sources include fish, chicken, turkey, beef, egg, pork, and dairy products.
The recommended serving size of protein is 2.5-3.0 oz of animal protein or ½-¾ cup of plant protein, equivalent to the size of a deck of cards or a fist. A kidney dietitian can help determine the right amount for you.
Protein bars are a convenient snack option for people with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). However, they need to be carefully selected to ensure they fit into a low protein diet plan. Some recommended protein bars for CKD patients include:
When choosing a protein bar, it's important to consider the following:
Emily Campbell is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator with a Master of Science in Food and Nutrition who lives in Toronto, ON. Over the years, she has experience working with individuals with a variety of kidney conditions to help them improve their eating; and preserve their kidney function through her career in hospitals as well as her private practice Kidney Nutrition. Not only does she have experience as a renal dietitian with patients, but she also has family members living with kidney disease so she understand the stress and complexities mealtime and celebrations can present. She has been practicing as a renal dietitian for over six years and am also is a two-time cookbook author of The Complete Renal Diet Cookbook and Renal Diet Cookbook for Caregivers.
This material is for informational purposes only. It does not replace the advice or counsel of a doctor or health care professional. KidneyLuv makes every effort to provide information that is accurate and timely, but makes no guarantee in this regard. You should consult with, and rely only on the advice of, your physician or health care professional.