Is butternut squash good for kidneys?

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Is butternut squash good for kidneys?

Yes, butternut squash is rich in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins that are beneficial to people with kidney disease.

Is butternut squash high in oxalates?

Squashes are typically considered low oxalate foods, however, we have not been able to validate the actual oxalate content with published research.

Is butternut squash high in potassium?

One half cup of butternut squash contains 291mg of potassium making it a high potassium vegetable.

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.

Is butternut squash high in phosphorus?

No. One half cup of butternut squash contains about 28mg of phosphorus. The phosphorus found in butternut squash is natural and poorly absorbed by the body, so it is considered a low phosphorus food.

What are the benefits of butternut squash?

  • Butternut squash contains vitamins and antioxidants. Antioxidants consumed through fruits and vegetables are considered to have protective effects against many chronic diseases.
  • Butternut squash is 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 butternut squash

  • Cut the squash into cubes, toss with olive oil, and roast in the oven
  • Use a spiralizer to make butternut squash noodles sand saute with olive oil, and seasonings

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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