Can people with chronic kidney disease have tomatoes?

Yes. Most people, including those with early-stage chronic kidney disease (CKD) or kidney transplants, can safely consume tomatoes in moderation. However, patients undergoing hemodialysis may need to limit their consumption of tomatoes due to their high potassium level. Tomatoes should be included in a balanced diet despite their great nutritious value, but only after consulting a doctor or dietitian.

Yes. In the right amount and served with the right foods, tomatoes can still be enjoyed safely.

According to the National Kidney Foundation, “most people with early-stage chronic kidney disease (CKD) or a kidney transplant do not have to limit tomatoes because of potassium. If your laboratory results show higher potassium levels, your doctor or kidney dietitian may talk with you about how much to eat”. However, if you are on hemodialysis for an advanced stage of CKD, the concern is dependent on the quantity of tomatoes. For instance, a cup of cooked tomatoes contains a higher amount of potassium in it than one or two slices of a raw tomato.

The National Kidney Foundation says that tomatoes are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and have high quantities of calories and fibre. Therefore, its consumption can be beneficial. However, at the same time, they are high in potassium content and so its consumption should be in regulation.

You must make sure that while consuming tomatoes, you must have something with a low potassium content. Tomatoes doesn’t need to be eliminated from the diet but can be eaten in a balanced way. The amount of potassium that your diet can include depends on your blood test reports. Therefore, you must consult a doctor or a dietician to tell you how much you can consume.

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