Almonds and CKD: Can you eat almonds with CKD?

Almonds are a nut native to the Mediterranean region. This nut is often eaten raw or roasted and can be incorporated into many dishes or enjoyed on its own. One common question with CKD is can you eat almonds with CKD. Well this post will dive right into this topic.

Nutrient profile of almonds with CKD

Almond, are a wonderful plant-based protein and are also a great source of many nutrients including:

–          Monounsaturated fats – a type of heart healthy fat that can lower cholesterol. In fact because of this anti-inflammatory effect, nuts have been shown to reduce LDL (bad cholesterol) as well as reduce inflammation.

–          Fibre – contains both soluble and insoluble fibre so it is great for helping to lower cholesterol and manage blood sugar levels as well as keep our bowels moving

–          Calcium – important for bone strength

Almonds are a big component of the Mediterranean and DASH diets because they contain many beneficial nutrients that can help to keep us full, manage blood pressure and keep our kidneys health.

  • Almonds contain magnesium which helps to lower blood pressure
  • Almonds are a great plant-based protein which helps to preserve kidney function

In fact, let’s take a look at how much nutrients are in almonds (¼ cup):

Protein7.34 g
Fibre3.8 g
Calcium94 mg
Magnesium98 mg
Iron1.3 mg
Potassium250 mg
Phosphorus165 mg

Can you eat almonds with CKD?

Almonds come in many forms like raw, blanched, and roasted (oil or dry). You can purchase them whole, sliced, chopped, slivered, ground into a flour or even in a butter form. Most often almonds are found plain or salted.

When purchasing almonds look for raw, blanched or dry roasted and choose unsalted options. Almonds are best stored in a cool, dark, dry location. And almonds can be stored for about two years.

Some kidney-friendly ways to incorporate almonds in your diet include:

  • Add sliced, chopped, or slivered almonds to oatmeal, salads or soups for a crunchy topping
  • Spread almond butter on apples or other fruit for a great snack
  • Snack on whole almonds with a piece of fruit for an afternoon pick me up
  • Use almond flour instead of white flour in baking for a gluten free option
  • Choose almond milk instead of cows milk for a lower protein beverage

You can certainly include almonds with CKD, but if you are looking for ways to include other nuts, check out this post.

One thing to keep in mind with nuts is that those with nut allergies should avoid almonds.

The Bottom Line

Almonds are a great plant-based protein you can enjoy with CKD. In fact, consuming nuts regularly can also help to manage blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar values.

It includes many important nutrients like fibre, calcium, and magnesium. But remember it is also a source of protein, potassium and phosphorus. Depending on your needs how much and how often you consume may need to be adjusted. A renal dietitian can help you put together a personalized plan.

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