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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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