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What is the Renal Food Spiral?

Mar 21, 2017

The purpose of the Renal Food Spiral® is to help individuals with chronic kidney disease or on dialysis keep the levels of certain electrolytes, minerals, and fluid in their body balanced.

If you follow the Renal Food Spiral® diet recommendations, you will have less waste and toxin build up in your blood, which means your kidneys won’t have to work as hard.

The four substances the Renal Food Spiral focuses on are: Sodium, Potassium, Phosphorus, and Fluid.

The Renal Food Spiral uses three simple colors: green, yellow and red. Foods are labeled as one of the three colors.

  • Green foods are “GO” foods. Make most of your food and meals from green foods.
  • Yellow foods are “CAUTION” foods. Aim to eat these foods less often than green foods, or around 1-2 times a day.
  • Red foods are “STOP” foods. Eat these foods seldom, or just 3-4 times a week.

 The Renal Food Spiral® places food choices into 6 basic food groups:

  • Fats
  • Meats
  • Bread & Starches
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy & Non-Dairy

Each food group is given a certain section of the Spiral. Some foods have larger sections than others. Eat more foods from the larger sections.

Each food group is divided into green, yellow, and red sections. Eat more foods from the green section.

Favorable Food Factors let you know how much food to eat. They are based on your labs, body type, weight, and exercise level. 

  • 20 Factors: 2000 mg Sodium and Potassium, 1000 mg Phosphorus
  • 30 Factors: 3000 mg Sodium and Potassium, 1000 mg Phosphorus
  • 40 Factors: NAS (No Added Salt); 4000 mg Sodium and Potassium, 1000 mg Phosphorus

 Stay tuned for more information on the Renal Food Spiral®.



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