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Can I Eat Lettuce If I Have Polycystic Kidney Disease

2013-10-30 11:47

Can I Eat Lettuce If I Have Polycystic Kidney DiseaseLettuce is a kind of vegetable common to see in the daily. We know that there are many food taboos for kidney disease patients. Whether Polycystic Kidney Disease patient can eat lettuce or not is really a question.

Nutritional value of lettuce

Before answering this question, let’s look at the nutritional value of lettuce first, given below is the amount of nutrients present in 100 g of lettuce:

Carbohydrates 4.5 g Dietary Fiber 1.2 g 
Fats 0.2 g Protein 1.2 g
Vitamin A 57mg Vitamin C 8mg
Vitamin E 1.32mg Potassium 206mg
Sodium 159mg Calcium 80mg

Benefits of lettuce

From the above, we can have a clear knowledge of lettuce. It has rich vitamin and various kinds of mineral elements. Vitamin can improve your immune system, which will help you fight with infection, the common symptom of PKD. Fiber can benefit your digestive system so as to promote the discharge of metabolism waste. Calcium is good for bone. Potassium is helpful for discharging more sodium out of the body and lower high blood pressure. It is well known that PKD patients have high blood pressure, therefore lettuce is recommended.

Besides, lettuce is a kind of alkaline food. It can be neutralized with acid food, such as grain and meat, as a result, it has the function of adjusting the fluid acid-base balance in the body. Moreover, it is diuretic. More urine can take away more waste from the body and reduce the chance of infection.

However, it should be avoided if the patients are in the end stage of PKD, because the kidneys in that stage have failed the function of filtering these mineral elements. More intake of lettuce means increasing the burden of kidneys, which will cause further damage.

Whether you can eat lettuce or not should follow your illness condition. You had better consult your doctor before you take it. Our online doctors are also pleased to help you.

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