Avoid these tricky candies and treat your kidneys with good snacks

SURVIVAL TIP: Halloween and other holidays where eating is central to the celebration can be difficult for kidney patients, but your clinic nutritionist can help you make wise decisions.

GumdropsDo you still have Halloween candy around the house? Or worse, did you take advantage of the candy sales Tuesday? This post reveals the phosphorus (Phos) and potassium (K) content of many snacks. Remember that these amounts of phosphorus and potassium reflect the package size listed, so eating more than what’s posted can quickly increase how much of these minerals you consume.

Is your favorite Halloween candy below? What can you substitute for your favorite candy? Let us know in the comments below about your best kidney-friendly treats.

Try tasting a serving of these candies for your Halloween fix.

Lollipops and Lifesavers have NO phosphorus or potassium!

One-half ounce of taffy contains no phosphorus and has 1 mg of potassium.

Gumdrops have no phosphorus and 2 mg of potassium, but jelly beans boast 1 mg of phosphorus and 10 mg of potassium.

Limit nuts and chocolate
Of course chocolate and nuts are loaded with phosphorus, and most consider these the best Halloween treats. Look below at the tricky candies that should be eaten sparingly if you limit phosphorus intake.
* Baby Ruth® (2.1 oz) 91 mg
* Butterfinger® (2.1 oz) 79 mg
* Hershey’s® bar (1.5 oz.) 95 mg (with almonds , add 21 mg)
* Kit Kat® (1.5 oz.) 73 mg
* M & M’s® (1.69 oz.) 72 mg (with peanuts, add 21 mg)
* 3 Muskateers® (2.13 oz.) 55 mg
* York Peppermint Patty® (1.5 oz.) 40 mg

Avoid these high phosphorus treatsPumpkin
* Homemade hot cocoa (1 cup) 262 mg
* Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups® (2) 120 mg
* Snickers (2.1 oz.) 113 mg

You might think these are healthy, but look out!
* Pumpkin pie (1 slice) 152 mg
* Pumpkin seeds (1/4 cup) 665 mg

DID you know that low potassium is considered up to 120 mg, and high is more than 251 mg? Low phosphorus is below 50 mg, while high phosphorus is more than 100 mg.

Do you monitor your potassium intake?
The following candies have more than 120 mg of potassium. Chocolate, pumpkin, nuts and dried fruit are high in potassium.
* Almond Joy® (1.7 oz.) 120 mg
* Baby Ruth® (2.1 oz.) 238 mg
* Butterfinger® (2.1 oz.) 230 mg
* Caramels (6 pieces) 152 mg
* Homemade hot cocoa (1 cup) 492 mg
* Kit Kat® (1.5 oz.) 126 mg
* M & M’s® (1.69 oz.) 128 mg (with peanuts, add 41 mg)
* Pumpkin pie (1 slice) 288 mg
* Pumpkin seeds (1/4 c.) 457 mg
* Raisinettes® (1.58 oz.) 231 mg
* Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups® (2) 176 mg
* Snickers® (2.1 oz.) 206 mg

Why do we closely monitor these two minerals?
Phosphorus keeps your bones and heart strong. When your kidneys fail to eliminate phosphorus from your blood, calcium leaves your bones, causing them to be weak, and blood vessels harden. The calcium can actually show in your skin.

Potassium keeps you heart, nerves and muscles in check. Too much potassium in your blood can cause heart failure.

These sweets will treat your kidneys kindly
Candy Corn* Candy Corn
* Chewy fruit snacks
* Gum drops
* Jelly beans
* Lifesavers®
* Marshmallows
* Rice Crispy® squares

You can enjoy holidays and foods while on dialysis if you make wise choices and monitor your serving sizes. Dialysisgal.com hopes this insight is helpful.

How have you or your loved ones coped with dietary restrictions because of diabetes or dialysis? Tell us about it. We are a community who can learn from one another.

Resources
“Renal Route Through The Grocery Store for Dialysis Patients”, Fresenius Medical Care 
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

“My Daily Meal Plan: A Complete Nutrition Guide for Hemodialysis Patients”, Fresenius Medical Care

www.davita.com/kidney-disease/diet-and-nutrition/diet-basics

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About dialysisgal

When I joined the 450,000 Americans on dialysis, I wondered what "normal" would be. Would people stare at my access and ask what was wrong? In this blog, I hope to save other patients and their families from the difficulties I have faced. I want to share my experiences, what I learned, had to ask and was shocked to find. I am not a medical professional, but I hope we can have a conversation to help you better understand what you or someone you love with chronic kidney disease (CKD) might expect while living with dialysis.
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