Is spinach good for kidneys?

Is spinach good for kidneys?

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

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Is spinach high in oxalates?

Yes, spinach is considered a high oxalate food with almost 1200 mg of soluble oxalate per 100g of spinach. (Source) If you are prone to kidney stones, you should limit or avoid eating spinach.

Is spinach high in potassium?

One cup of raw spinach contains only 140mg of potassium, making it a low potassium vegetable. However, one half cup of cooked spinach contains 588mg of potassium, making cooked spinach a high potassium vegetable. It takes almost 5 cups of raw spinach to make a half cup of cooked spinach, which is why cooked spinach is much higher in potassium.

Many kidney professionals consider a vegetable to be high in potassium if it contains more than 200mg of potassium. 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.

If you are on a potassium restriction, be mindful of the portion size of spinach you are eating, especially if it is cooked.

Is spinach high in phosphorus?

No. One half cup of cooked spinach contains about 52mg of phosphorus. The phosphorus found in spinach is natural and poorly absorbed by the body, so it is considered a low phosphorus food.

What are the benefits of spinach?

  • Spinach is one of the best dietary sources of vitamin K, which is essential for blood clotting and maintaining healthy bones.
  • Spinach is high in antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, which may protect against certain types of cancer and eye diseases.
  • Spinach contains compounds such as flavonoids, which possess anti-inflammatory properties that may reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

High and Low Potassium Fruit and Vegetable Tool

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

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