Summer-time is prime berry-picking season so we thought we’d give you all the info you need to bring berries into your diet without wreaking havoc on your kidneys.
Let’s start with some basics:
- Berries are good low potassium, low sodium, & low phosphorus choices.
- 1 serving equals a ½ cup.
- Limit fruits and vegetables to 5 servings per day.
- Berries make a good snack on their own, or can be added to foods.
- The fiber in whole berries may help you stay fuller longer, regulate bowel movements, and maintain good blood sugar control.
Low Versus High
- Low potassium choices are 100 mg or less.
- Medium potassium choices are 101 – 200 mg.
- High potassium foods are 201 mg or greater.
Berries & Potassium
(Amount of potassium)
|½ cup fresh Cranberries (43 mg)|
|½ cup frozen Blueberries (44 mg)|
|½ cup fresh Raspberries (98 mg)|
|½ cup fresh Blackberries (123 mg)|
|½ cup sliced fresh Strawberries (134 mg)|
|8 fresh Cherries (145 mg)|
|½ cup fresh Gooseberries (157 mg)|