Is Watermelon good for kidneys?

Is Watermelon good for kidneys?

Yes, watermelon is rich in antioxidants and vitamins that are beneficial to people with kidney disease. Be sure to eat watermelon is moderation, especially if you are on a potassium restriction.

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Is watermelon high in potassium?

One half cup serving of watermelon contains 68mg of potassium making it a low potassium fruit. However, it is important to be mindful of portion sizes. A half cup is considered a low potassium food, but if you eat half of a watermelon, that is 2,000mg of potassium. Watermelon can be considered a high potassium food when eaten in large quantities.

Is watermelon high in phosphorus?

No. One half cup of watermelon contains about 7mg of phosphorus. The phosphorus found in watermelon is natural and poorly absorbed by the body, so it is considered a low phosphorus food.

Is watermelon high in oxalates?

No, watermelon is considered a low oxalate food. (Source)

What are the benefits of watermelon?

  • Watermelon is 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 watermelon

  • Raw as a snack. Watermelon is relatively high in sugar, so be sure to pair it with something high in fat, such as kidney friendly nuts, to prevent spikes in blood sugar.
  • Blend and freeze watermelon into a popsicle for a refreshing treat on a hot summer day
  • Make a salad. A common watermelon salad also includes mint leaves and feta cheese.
  • Mix with other fruits to make a fruit salad.
  • Add to smoothies to add a refreshing 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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