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May 27, 2013 | News, Nutrition Articles

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)

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