Are jalapenos good for kidneys?

Are jalapenos good for kidneys?

Yes, jalapenos are rich in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins that are beneficial to people with kidney disease. However, it is important to choose fresh jalapenos and limit use of high sodium pickled jalapenos.

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Are jalapenos high in oxalates?

Other types of peppers are considered low oxalate foods (Source), so we would expect jalapenos to also be low in oxalates, although we do not have a specific study to cite for jalapenos.

Are jalapenos high in potassium?

One half cup of jalapenos contains 214mg of potassium, which would technically make it a high potassium vegetable since most professional consider a vegetable to be high potassium if it has more than 214mg of potassium per serving.

However, if you have kidney disease, you should not restrict your intake of fruits and vegetables because of potassium content unless instructed by your kidney dietitian or healthcare provider. Many people who have kidney disease do not need to restrict their intake of potassium. There are many other factors that could cause you to have high potassium levels that are not related to the food you eat. You can learn more about potassium and kidney disease through our low cost course.

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Are jalapenos high in phosphorus?

No. One half cup of jalapenos contains about 26mg of phosphorus. The phosphorus found in jalapenos is natural and poorly absorbed by the body, so it is considered a low phosphorus food.

What are the benefits of jalapenos?

  • Jalapenos contain vitamins and antioxidants. Antioxidants consumed through fruits and vegetables are considered to have protective effects against many chronic diseases.
  • Jalapenos are also a good source of fiber. Fiber is important for gut health as well as helping the body maintain potassium levels.
  • Research shows that a low intake of fruits and vegetables is associated with an increased risk of developing kidney failure in people with kidney disease (as well as those who don’t have kidney disease.

Healthy ways to eat jalapenos

  • First off – remove the seeds before chopping them up (those are really spicy) and always wash your hands well after cutting jalapenos so you don’t accidentally touch your nose or eye with jalapeno oil on them
  • Chop them up and add to salads for a bit of kick
  • Add them to dips or salsas for extra flavor
  • Stuff them with kidney friendly ingredients like rice, beans, and seasonings and then roast

High and Low Potassium Fruit and Vegetable Tool

Looking for more information on other kidney friendly fruits and vegetables? Check out our Fruit and Vegetable Potassium Tool.

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