Kidney Friendly Cornbread Mixes

Cornbread is a staple in many households, and many people rely on pre-made mixes to prepare their cornbread. If you have CKD, then it is important to find a kidney friendly cornbread mix.

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What makes a cornbread mix kidney friendly?

  1. No Phosphorus additives – the #1 thing we are looking for is a product with no phosphorus additives. Many baked goods – including cornbread mixes – contain baking powder, which is mostly phosphorus additive. And although it doesn’t seem like much is added, it really is a lot of phosphorus. Wherever possible, we want to choose baked goods that contain no added phosphorus. For some more detailed information about phosphorus additives, you can watch our video on YouTube.
  1. Lower in sodium – A second thing that you can consider looking for is a lower sodium option. I have at least one option below that is a true low sodium mix (and looks even lower in sodium once prepared!). Whenever possible, we want to add the least amount of salt possible during the cooking process and instead salt our food at the table.

If you are willing to make your cornbread from scratch, you can swap out the regular store bought baking powder for more kidney friendly baking powder.

Kidney Friendly Cornbread Mixes

This is unfortunately a pretty short list because almost all cornbread mixes contain added phosphorus (and I didn’t even screen any out for being too high in sodium), but at least we have an option! You’ll may need to request that your local grocery store carry specific items if they do not already have it in stock.

Simple Truth Cornbread Baking Mix

low phosphorus cornbread mix from kroger
  • Calories: 110
  • Protein: 1g
  • Carbohydrate: 25g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Sodium: 210mg
  • Phosphorus
    Additives:
    None
  • Potassium: 70mg
  • Calcium: 0mg
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 9g
If you have a local Kroger, then you’re in luck because they make a cornbread mix with no phosphorus additives. Instead of traditional baking powder (which is one big phosphorus additive), they use cream of tartar and baking soda.

European Gourmet Bakery Cornmeal Muffin Mix

low sodium kidney friendly cornbread mix ckd stage 3 ckd stage 4 dialysis
  • Calories: 320
  • Protein: 6g
  • Carbohydrate: 70g
  • Fat: 1.5g
  • Sodium: 280mg
  • Phosphorus
    Additives:
    None
  • Calcium: 0mg
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 13g
This low sodium kidney friendly cornbread mix will be even lower in sodium once you prepare it. Like most kidney-friendly baking mixes, this product uses cream of tartar for leavening instead of traditional baking powder. Click the icon below to check prices and reviews for this product.

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What are my options if I can’t find this kidney friendly cornbread mix?

  1. Find a recipe and make it from scratch. Just be sure to substitute kidney friendly baking powder (1 part baking soda + 2 parts cream of tartar) instead of regular baking powder in the recipe. You can also consider adjusting the amount of salt called for in the recipe to make it more kidney friendly.
  2. Ask your grocery store to stock this product. Many grocery stores are willing to stock a particular item. You’ll never know until you ask!
  3. Email food companies! This is not a quick solution, but if we all started to advocate more for what we want and need with food companies, I think they would eventually listen. A LARGE percentage of the US population has kidney disease, and I don’t think food companies even realize that some minor tweaks to recipes would make their products more appealing. I don’t think anyone reads a food label and says “Ew, they didn’t use monocalcium phosphate. I refuse to eat this!”, but we know there are a lot of people with kidney disease who see the “phos” and refuse to buy the item (rightfully so!). If this is something you are willing to do, just search for the product manufacturer’s website, go to their contact message, and send them a message. It can be as simple as “Hi – I have kidney disease and would love to buy your [INSERT PRODUCT NAME] product, but unfortunately it has phosphate additives. I really wish you would consider making this product without phosphorus additives so me and the 40 million other people with kidney disease could enjoy it. Thanks!
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