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Happy St Patrick’s Day. This is the day that everyone is Irish, and wears green. But, what about the most popular meal served on St Patty’s Day, Corned Beef and Cabbage? Can you have it if you have CKD? Of course, you can! You just have to calculate how much you can have. To do that you need to know the nutrients in Corn Beef, or at least the ones concerned with CKD; Sodium, Potassium, Phosphorus, and Protein. Read on to find out that info. I will break it down according to how we made it. I am unsure of the spice package my husband used, so leave a little more room to add some more Sodium. I used Eat This Much, to figure out the amount of each item. Don’t forget if you add anything to it when eating it, like Catsup, Mustard, Butter, whatever you have to consider that as well. Also, cooking methods, leaching, etc can change the nutrient values in food.
For 1 oz of Corned Beef, that is not a lot of corned beef folks, so if you eat 3 or 4 ounces be sure to multiply the amount by 3 or 4 depending on how much you eat. The nutrients are as follows and may not be exact so plan wisely.
Protein: 8 grams
Potassium: 38.6 mg
Sodium: 254 mg
Carrots, one serving is 1 cup:
Protein: 0.7 grams
Phosphorus: 25.2 mg
Potassium: 230 mg
Sodium: 50 mg
Potatoes, one serving is 1 cup:
Protein: 8 grams
Phosphorus: 210 mg
Potassium: 1553 mg this is a very large amount
Sodium: 22 mg
Cabbage, a serving size is 1 cup:
Protein: 2 grams
Phosphorus: 50 mg
Potassium: 294 mg
Sodium: 12 mg
Since all kidney patients are different, one item may bother you more than others. Like, for me Potassium is not an issue, but Protein and Sodium are. Phosphorus is a complicated nutrient that I think more education should be centered on. So use the info to adjust how much you eat to stay within your limits. If you do not know your limits, or how to calculate what you are eating, message me using the contact form below, to set up a free meet and greet to see if I can work with you to help you learn how to track your intake. Remember I am not a Dietitian, I am a Health Coach with a background in nursing, and a Kidney Patient. I will assist you to learn how to calculate what you are eating, find resources that will help you to learn how much nutrients are in each food item, keep a food diary, etc. Or, if you need to learn to communicate with your doctor to advocate for yourself in making health decisions, like requesting a Dietitian referral, requesting easier to understand education tools, etc.
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