28 Things that are Actually Damaging the Kidneys

Avocados are a popular food because of the taste, but they also have extra health benefits, including being high in potassium. Shutterstock.

2. Avocados can be a healthy addition, or can they?

Avocados are often touted for their many nutritious qualities, including their heart-healthy fats, fiber, and antioxidants. While avocados are usually a healthy addition to the diet, individuals with kidney disease may need to avoid them. This is because avocados are a very rich source of potassium. One cup (150 grams) of avocado provides a whopping 727 mg of potassium. That’s double the amount of potassium than a medium banana provides.

Therefore, avocados, including guacamole, should be avoided on a renal diet, especially if you have been told to watch your potassium intake. If potassium levels are within a healthier range, a small serving of avocado can be had once to twice per week. A small serving being 1/5 to 1/6 of a small avocado.  When an avocado is mentioned, most people immediately think of guacamole dip; no doubt the dip tastes great, but this fruit can be enjoyed as much more than a party dip; it is packed with many nutritional substances. Avocado is a very popular food for those who are health conscious, but need to be restricted with kidney disease.