Are Onions good for kidneys?

Are Onions good for kidneys?

Yes, onions are rich in antioxidants and vitamins that are beneficial to people with kidney disease.

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Are onions high in potassium?

One half cup of red or yellow onions contains 117mg of potassium making them low potassium foods.

Are onions high in phosphorus?

No. One half cup of red or yellow onions contains about 23mg of phosphorus. The phosphorus found in onions is natural and poorly absorbed by the body, so it is considered a low phosphorus food.

Are onions high in oxalates?

No, onions are considered low oxalate foods. (Source)

What are the benefits of onions?

  • Onions are high in vitamins, polyphenols, and antioxidants. Antioxidants consumed through fruits and vegetables are considered to have protective effects against many chronic diseases.
  • 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 onions

Onions can be enjoyed both raw and cooked. They are an excellent way to add flavor to food, especially if you are trying to reduce your salt intake. Some ideas for adding more onions to your meals:

  • Add raw onions to salads or sandwiches to add flavor and crunch
  • Saute them in a kidney friendly fat or oil and add them to rice dishes such as our Cotija Avocado Rice Pilaf
  • Add them to stir-fries and other Asian-inspired dishes
  • Chop them up and add them to dips such as guacamole or our Corn and Black Bean Dip
  • Roast them in large pieces and eat as a side dish
  • Add them to sauces such as a kidney friendly pasta sauce to enhance the flavor

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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