9 Foods That Are Damage Your Unhealthy Kidneys

How’s your diet been lately?

Health professionals often warn you about foods that can hurt your heart, stomach and liver. But what about your kidneys?

Do you ever think about how your lifestyle affects your kidneys? Because chances are the food you’re eating is harmful to them.

Did you know that an estimated 30 million people in the United States suffer from kidney disease? Let’s talk 9 Foods That Are Currently Destroying Your Kidneys?

Bananas, whole-wheat bread, avocados? Why is life so damn cruel?

Without further ado, bring on the list.

1. Avocado.

Let’s get this one out of the way, cause like me, you’re probably shocked by this. On a menu of healthy foods everyone tells you to eat, avocado is normally at the top.

Every hipster and barista with man-bun can’t wait to tell you about that new avocado-flavored product they’ve been turned on to.

Well they might taste delicious, but if you have kidney problems, now’s not the time to listen to Bryce!

When a person is suffering from kidney disease, they need to keep tabs on their potassium intake. Let’s break this down for perspective.

A person with healthy kidneys is recommended around 4700 mg of potassium each day. But if your kidneys are in pain, a healthy diet you must gain!

I’m trying to come up with a proper kidney catch phrase here. Let me know how I’m doing. We’re talking 1500 – 2700 mg.

This means cutting down on potassium-filled foods like avocados. One avocado holds approximately 975 mg of potassium. So don’t try to be all fancy and new-age.

2. Oranges.

I know. It definitely seems like we’re starting this list on the wrong foot. Afterall, everybody loves oranges.

Citrus is good for maintaining already healthy kidneys, but a kidney patient who’s trying to watch their health can be greatly affected by the amount of potassium– by the way you’re going to be reading that word a lot in this article.

The reason? Well when a person is suffering from damaged kidneys, potassium and other minerals build up in the blood. This can cause heart disease.

While one orange contains an estimated 240 mg of potassium, a single glass of orange juice carries around 332 mg.

I don’t know about you, but just one glass doesn’t exactly quench my thirst in the morning. If you’re looking for a healthy replacement that can make your kidneys happy, grape juice and apple juice are recommended highly.

3. Pickles.

Let’s go back to hipsters for a second. They all seem to love their jars of pickles. Every cashew milk bar I go into seems to have a giant jar of pickles at the counter.

Wait, why the heck am I in a cashew milk bar– Am I a hipster? Anyways if you somehow are considering an all-pickle diet, you may want to check how your kidneys are doing first.

Let’s push potassium to the side for a moment and talk sodium. The average person is recommended 1500 – 2300 mg of sodium per day. How much does one pickle contain?


Drum roll please… 1200 mg! That can be up to 80% of your daily intake.

A steady diet of sodium-heavy foods can open the door to high blood pressure and kidney stones! Keep your hand away from the pickle jar!

4. Apricots.

Let’s take a vote here. How many of you under the age of 65 really think about apricots all that often? Just kidding.

If you get a hold of apricots, you should definitely try them. These delicious fruits are known to be high in Vitamin A, Vitamin C and copper. But again, if your kidneys are weak, a healthy diet you must seek…

Again these can’t all be gems, people. One cup of dried apricots can hold up to 1500 mg of potassium. I say this with confidence…

Your great aunt Ethel’s kidneys must be healthy as hell for all those apricots she chows down on.

5. Soda.

Alright, I know this is technically not a food. But in all honesty, neither is orange juice and you guys are alright with that.

Seriously though, I’m bringing up soda because it leads into our third big nutrient . We’re talking phosphorus!

Phosphorus is a key mineral of the human body. While it only comprises about 1% of your body weight, phosphorus is responsible for the formation of your bones and teeth.

A healthy adult is recommended to consume between 800mg – 1200mg per day. Additive phosphorus however is not ideal for your health.

In fact, the average can of cola holds somewhere between 50 – 100mg of additive phosphorus in each can. If you happen to be a regular soda drinker, watch out.

If you haven’t been listening to your mom since the age of like… three, you may not have heard that soda isn’t the healthiest choice for you in general.

6. Whole Wheat Bread.

More often than not nowadays, people seem to recommend any bread over white. It’s like some people live their entire lives preaching the gospel of “whole wheat”.

For the most part, people are correct. Whole-wheat bread is a great source of vitamins and minerals.

A single slice of whole-wheat bread carries around 57 mg of phosphorus and around 69 mg of potassium.

If you’re making a sandwich, that’s 114 mg of phosphorus and 138 mg of potassium. And that’s just before adding the meat, which leads us into our next food…

7. Red Meat.

Don’t worry, this is not going to be another lecture on how red meat is poison and you should stay away from it. Blah, blah, blah.

Every health pamphlet you pickup on a street corner says that. We’re talking specifically about how red meat affects the kidneys.

A recent study showed that kidney patients with steady diets of red meat were three times more likely to develop kidney failure than those who eat clean veggies.

This includes things such as pork, lamb and beef.

8. Spinach.

It’s hard to believe the food Popeye ate to get stronger could do so much harm to kidney patients. Let’s talk one more fancy word, oxalate.

Oxalate are a natural compound found in various foods. Calcium oxalate is found in 80% of kidney stones.

If you have kidney stones, it is recommended that you consume around 40 to 50 mg of oxalate a day.

Where does spinach enter the conversation? Well it might be a food you want to steer clear of considering it contains around 100 mg a serving.

9. Bananas.

Like we mentioned earlier, cutting potassium out of your diet can be a lifesaver if you have kidney disease. I should’ve maybe explained this beforehand, but I never think that far ahead.

The kidneys are meant to filter out blood and remove waste through your urine. This also includes potassium.

And there is no food more synonymous with potassium that the dreaded banana! The average banana holds an estimated 422 mg of potassium.

Since a banana is just around 89 calories and absolutely delicious, it’s not uncommon for a person to eat more than one. Remember, you want 1500 – 2700 mg minimum if you’re a kidney patient.

This mean’s one banana could be roughly 15 – 28% of your daily potassium intake. Just remember, if your kidneys are about to bust, your potassium intake you’ll need to adjust- I apologize for how bad that was. I try too hard, I must say.

Do you suffer from kidney problems? Are you thinking of cutting back on any of these foods?