Habits and Foods 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.

49. 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. That is because avocados are a very rich source of potassium. One cup (150 grams) of an avocado provides a whopping 727 mg of potassium. That’s double the amount of potassium than a medium banana provides. It is also packed with many calories, with a medium-sized avocado containing 350-550 calories, which is something to avoid to eat a whole one for your daily diet.

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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 is 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 excellent, but this fruit can be enjoyed as much more than a party dip; it is packed with many nutritional substances. Avocado is a trendy food for those who are health-conscious but need to be restricted to kidney disease.