Low-Protein Diets

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

A low-protein diet is any diet in which the protein intake is reduced. Anyone diagnosed with kidney or liver disease may be prescribed a low-protein diet.

In any case, a diet which is especially low in protein should only be undertaken under medical direction.

Why is a low protein diet necessary?

Protein is needed, but can cause problems for diseased organs

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Protein is necessary for a healthy body. When protein is metabolized by the liver and digested, urea is produced as a waste product. If the liver is diseased, then food metabolism is compromised.

If the kidneys, which are responsible for excretion of urea, are not functioning properly (renal failure), or if high levels of protein are continually present in the diet, urea builds up in the bloodstream causing loss of appetite and fatigue. A low-protein diet will reduce the workload on these organs.

It is usually the case that serious liver and kidney disease are accompanied by the need to limit salt or sodium intake due to high blood pressure or fluid retention. Table salt (the primary source of sodium in the diet) should therefore be limited, along with other foods with a high sodium content, as an additional feature of the low-protein diet.

Too much protein can worsen your health

It is generally accepted that a healthy person needs 40-60 grams of protein each day to remain in good health. However, it has been reported that the amount of protein typically consumed by people in affluent societies (American diet typically comprises 12-15% protein) may overtax the kidneys – to the extent that up to 30% of kidney function may be lost by the time someone is in their eighties.

High-protein diets for weight loss often recommend 30% or more protein in the daily diet, and in prolonged use can cause serious metabolic changes leading to bone loss and kidney stones!

Reduced protein intake can improve your health

Low protein diets (4-8% protein) are used routinely to treat patients with liver disease, kidney (renal) failure, and disorders involving the urea cycle, the metabolism, and amino acids.

How is a low-protein diet achieved?

Reduce the amount of protein

Some of each type of protein should still be consumed each day from the two main sources:

  • Animal products (fish, poultry, eggs, meat, dairy products) – considered high quality or complete protein.
  • Vegetable products (breads, cereals, rice, pasta, dried beans) – considered low quality or incomplete protein.

Click Here for over 100 very low protein recipes.

To reduce the amount of protein consumed, protein foods in recipes can be ‘stretched’ (to consume less) or reduced as against more of the low- or non-protein foods (less in proportion), making a smaller amount seem just as satisfying.

Sandwiches
  • Use thinly sliced meats.
  • Fill with salad items like lettuce, alfalfa sprouts, cucumber, chopped celery, apple, parsley or water chestnuts.
Soups
  • Use lower protein foods (milk substitutes for cream soups, or rice or pasta) to make soups as filling but with less protein.
Main Dishes
  • Make the main dish of vegetables and grains, and treat meat as the side dish to your meal.
  • Use small pieces of meat and more vegetables in kebabs.
  • Make fried rice with vegetables and use less meat or shrimp.
  • For salads use crisp, fresh vegetables and only a few small strips of meat and egg.
  • For casseroles, reduce the amount of meat and increase the starch, pasta or rice. In recipes using soup, use a low sodium mix.
  • Use low-protein pastas and breads in the diet.
  • For cheeses, use smaller amounts of stronger-tasting cheeses (sharp cheddar, parmesan or romano) for plenty of flavor.

Boost calories to compensate

Decreasing protein in the diet may also mean a reduction in calories. To compensate so as to maintain a healthy weight, increase calories by substituting or adding certain ingredients with minimal protein content, such as:

  • Increase heart-healthy fats like monounsaturated vegetable oils (olive, avocado) and mayonnaise-type salad dressings.
  • Use candy and sweeteners (hard candy, gum drops, jelly beans, marshmallows, honey, jam and jelly – even sugar (diabetics need medical advice).
  • Use canned fruits in heavy syrup.

Sample low protein menu

Breakfast
  • Cheerios cereal or equivalent ¾ cup (3g)
  • non-dairy creamer ½ cup (0g)
  • ½ medium banana (.6)
  • orange juice ½ cup (.8g)
Snack
  • 1 cherry fruit roll up (0g)
Lunch
  • 2 slices white bread (1.6g)
  • turkey breast 1 oz/28 g (4.8g)
  • lettuce (0g)
  • tomato ½ cup (.8g)
  • green beans ½ cup (1.2g)
  • mayonnaise 3 tsp (0g)
  • 1 medium apple (.3g)
  • fruit punch 4 fl oz/118 ml (0g)
Snack
  • 1 popsicle (0g)
Dinner
  • lean hamburger 2 oz/56 g (10.5g)
  • white rice ½ cup (2.2g)
  • broccoli ¼ cup (.9g)
  • cauliflower ¼ cup (.6g)
  • tossed salad (1.5 cups) with 2 Tbsp ranch dressing (3g)
  • pineapple ½ cup (.2g)
Snack
  • gum drops 1 oz/28 g (0g)

Sample low protein menu contains

  • Protein: 30.5 grams
  • Calories: 1442
  • Fat: 48 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 237 grams
  • Sodium: 1270 mg
  • Potassium: 2282 mg

See Also

The Kidney Diet – Reveals how Kidney disease can be treated using dietary measures. Includes over a 100 kidney disease fighting recipes.

    References:

  • Kopple, J. D., Levey, A. S., Greene, T., Chumlea, W. C., Gassman, J. J., Hollinger, D. L., … & Zimmer, G. S. (1997). Effect of dietary protein restriction on nutritional status in the Modification of Diet in Renal Disease Study. Kidney international, 52(3), 778-791. link
  • KOPPLE, J. D., & COBURN, J. W. (1973). METABOLIC STUDIES OF LOW PROTEIN DIETS IN UREMIA: I. NlTEOGEN AND POTASSIUM. Medicine, 52(6), 583-595. link
  • Fouque, D., Laville, M., Boissel, J. P., Chifflet, R., Labeeuw, M., & Zech, P. Y. (1992). Controlled low protein diets in chronic renal insufficiency: meta-analysis. BMJ: British Medical Journal, 304(6821), 216. link
  • Fouque, D., Laville, M., & Boissel, J. P. (2009). Low protein diets for chronic kidney disease in non diabetic adults. Cochrane Database Syst Rev, 3. link
 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
Last Reviewed: December 10, 2014. Disclaimer
  • i like it

    it is very good because i like how the food is edible and nawt just cardboardy b.s. that we are normally fed

  • Mimi

    Please post more samples of low protein diets with lower sodium intake. I need help with lowering my protein intake

  • Darcell E. Deane

    I was just informed that if I didn’t commit to a low protein diet that I would have to go on a dialysis machine

  • It’s ok

    Please post more low protein diets and post some that show what are high in protein.

  • rom@deguzman.com

    I like this. Thanks. Do you have low protein diet package foods for sale?

  • hdichiera@bigpond.com.au

    I am a diabtic, but have now been told y my doctor to look after my kidneys and go on a low protein diet. What can i eat and what cant i eat?????

  • horsey@a-znet.com

    my husband’s kidneys are working only 40%. One of his doctors says he is producing too much potassium and needs a low potassium diet, while our family physician says he needs a low protien diet. So it is conficting and i am frustrated! Can you give me some ideas on what i can feed him to control the potassium and protien levels. please help.

  • angelo5715@hotmail.com

    Thank you for the diet it helps to see how I plan my meals each day. I know what to do just need more ideas and diets on how to do it.

    Thanks

  • elzieleon@yahoo.com

    my husband has the problem of needing a low potassium and protein diet also. We are very frustrated cause most fruits he can not eat and now a cut back in meats. Please help!

  • LIzabeth

    I have high ammonia levels in my blood and was told I need to lower my intake of protein. please tell me what I can eat and not eat and some more menus. Thank You.

  • Syed Hassan Tanwir

    I appreciate the efforts. It is a user friendly document and worth considering for health improvements tips. Thanks

    Now tell me more about the balanced diet for patients having moderate or high level of Serum creatinine.

  • melba

    thanks soooo,much needed help immediately and found it here for my
    what sems to be over load of proten in my kidneys off to see specialist. Thanks again.

  • wazyz

    Informative but as a diabetic the carbs are to high.

  • Rachel

    Very helpful with someone who has gout, low protein diets help to reduce uric acid formed crystals that tear at the soft tissue around joints in feet.

  • Rita

    Very Smart Diet. I like it.

  • Kimberly

    I would like your advice I’m in stage 4 of kidney failure , and morbidly obese My BMI is 80 My Dr. can not agree on the kind of diet I should be on . One says do a high protein to lose the weight fast , the other says try vegan diet . My goal is to get my BMI under 30 so that I can receive a Kidney transplant . Yet I fill like I ‘m stuck between a rock and a hard place. If I lose 20 with the high protein diet , I lose kidney function I have not started dialysis yet we have been controlling it with diet up to this point

  • Kimberly

    short-texas@excite.com
    My question is posted above

  • JAGADEESH H N

    Hi,
    My son Varun ( 2 year and 9 months) as been diagonised with Hyperammonemia-Hyperornithinemia-Homocitrullinemia (HHH) Syndrome.

    Following are the values which are having above the normal value.

    a) Leucine 394umol/L ( should < 385)
    b) ornithine 443umol/L ( should < 278)
    c) C5 OH 0.74umol/L ( Should < 0.68)
    d) orn / citru 7.9 ( should < 1.5)

    Plasma ammonia 54.8 mcg/dl ( 27.00 -102.00)

    In the report they mentioned that this is aminoacid disorder.

    Also suggested that treatment may include protein ristricted diet and supplimentation with ornithine.

    Protein ristriction to less than 1.2g/kg per day prevents postprandial hyper amonimia and results in decreased concentraion of ornithine in blood .

    After the birth, after two weeks , he started losing weight ( from 2.7 birth weight to 2.1 kg). And he was admitted in NICU to give liver infect treatment and hyper amonia. We have given sodium benzoate up to 1 year and came under control and stoped. Every six months we are testing blood samples and amonia is in control.

    His activities are normal and but he is not gaining weight. Now he is weighing around 9.6kg (2 year and 9 months). For that reason they asked us to conduct above mentioned tests.

    They asked us to contact dietitian and she told us to give lesser milk products , nuts, grams and higher protein products and normal food.

    Could you please suggest us how to control Hyperornithinemia with the food. Also suggest us which are the supplements that can be given to him to increase weight .

    Do we need to take care any other precautions.And does it have any long term effect on him.

    Regards,
    Jagadeesh h n
    Bangalore, India

  • Elsie See

    My hubby had liver cirrohsis,his feet (near the ankle) is swollen (water retension)he feel his feet is heavy, once in a while he will take water tablet(fruetmide)but feel very tired. Please advise is it due to low protein. what are the
    protein that can help him solve this problem.

  • ghana

    it helped me at school

  • Mansi

    Very helpful with someone who has gout, low protein diets help to reduce uric acid formed crystals that tear at the soft tissue around joints in feet.

  • da da bill

    very good but I need alternatives to vary my meals as my kidneys are functioning at 21% at present and I am nearing dialysis I need urgent help
    bill

  • Kelli

    Unfortunately not possible for someone who has to follow a diabetic diet.

  • kitten clemens

    send me some low protein &lowsodium ricpise

  • jayne sandbothe

    I want to try the low protein diet, as I have end stage renal disese . I have 25% at this time.Am receiviing procrit shots.

  • Steve Wimer

    Low protein diet? Eliminate meat, fish, beans, eggs, cheese, and nuts. Supplement with amino acids. I follow this diet, with low sodium, as well. I subsist on vegetables and fruits, pretty much, with a little bread or pasta for variety. I use JoMar Labs 21 blend amino acids. It’s a tough diet to follow, but even worse if you don’t.

  • Emma Fessler

    Curious as to why the snacks are so sugar oriented even though I understand need for the calories…why not more fruit?

  • Matt Watson

    Help!

    My wife’s renal count was a 9 leading to an extended hospital stay saving her life. She never had kidney failure in the past however she may have internal bleeding from several intestinal surgeries ten years ago.

    The doctor has suggested that this may cause her kidneys from being able to regulate her potassium. The catch 22 is that she needs to loss weight before anymore surgery can be done.

    So, I need to find a low potassium diet that allows her to healthly loss weight for her surgery without aggravating the little bowel she has left.

    Can anyone please point me to a good website, program or diet book that I can use to create the proper meals for her recovery?

  • RM

    Wow, this diet is terrible, filled with starches and sugars and processed crap foods. I was on a similar diet for the past year and gained 30 pounds.

    There are ways to eat less protein and lose weight – just eat a lot of veggies, fruits and beans.

  • Brenda

    My mother is very ill and is to avoid high protein foods. Could you please send me a list of foods that are low in protein. My father is caring for her and is at a loss at what foods to prepare for her. A list broken down for him would be very helpful. Thank you

  • terena mcgarr

    mr friend is quite ill with liver disease, and told to go on low protein diet, but we havn’t a clue about this, could you please send a some kind of diet sheet. Are citrus acids such as apple juice or orange juice good or bad to take.
    Is there a good vitamin tablet she can take as she hates vegatables.

  • James

    I am 78 yrs old male and have been told I have too much protien in my urine and I would like to know how many grams of protien am I allowed daily..Thank you and waiting for your answer.

  • Ram

    Can you please suggest or advise a dietary guidlines for Type 2 DM, HTN, Nephrotic syndrome and hypercholesteremia and vegetarian.

    Thank you

  • humberto

    One of the problems I have is sticking to this low-protein diet. My nutritionist said I have to be on 5 oz. meats max per day I normally eat this in one sitting, but maybe I am not seeing the truth of the disease as I know something is bothering me. I could never follow directions without being watched. When I am watched and must report to some- one I will tend to follow more closely than when I am not watched at all.

  • Jyothy Nair

    My father has liver cirrohsis and is also a diabetic. Can you please advice a low protein diet

  • lou

    i need a good low protein diet. i am in stage 4 renal disease. my doctor said to lose 60 pounds or i will go to dialysis in 3 years. please send me a 60gram per day protein diet to help me. thanks so much. lou

  • ruth

    Hello. My husband needs a 85 gram per day protein diet with 2000 grams of sodium. He is a diabetic, has high blood pressure and now his kidneys are at 33 % usage. I n eed help in some menu planning. Any cook books or recipes ideas would be most appreciative. Thanks. Ruth

  • krishna prasad

    am suffering adult polycystic kidney disease… advice me if there is any specified restriction in food and lifestyle that i should practice

  • ramona

    My husband is on a 2000 mg sodium diet for high bp, low fat for heart disease and low protein for kidney problems. I am struggling with the low protein part of the diet. Can you give me a menus or diet guidelines to go by. Thank.

  • Janeth

    My husband was told that he has too much protein in the 24hr urine test that he did,650 when it should be 150. Is there a chart to see the protein value of the Meats, Vegetables, grains…. that I can make for my husband. I’m very concern because he is very thin to beging with and now with this diet he will loss more weight. I don’t want him to get sick.

  • mary lou

    I HAVE STAGE 4 RENAL DISEASE I WOULD LIJE TO KNOW WHAT I CAN EAT I LOVE CANTELOPE , TOMATOES SPAGHETTI & i have always eaten wheat bread, i guess thats wrong. I EAT CHEERIOS FOR BREAKFAST&A SLICE OF CANTELOPE IS FISH ALLOWED?

  • Lea Santos

    My father needs a low potassium, low protein, low sodium, no vitamin K diet. Can you help me what foods I can give him? Thanks.

  • RM

    People why don’t you do a search online for low protein diet suggestions… or ask your doctor. Nobody on this board is going to send you a personalized diet sheet!

  • Steve Wimer

    I’m on a low-protein, low-sodium diet. It works, but it’s hell: eat vegetables and fruits, supplement with 10 grams of amino acids (I use Amino bites). Find low protein “fun” food at cambrookefoods.com. Read Dr. Walzer’s book on kidney failure for more information.

  • Lois M. Brown

    My Mom need a low protein diet please give me one

  • TYChin

    my husband has glomerolonephritis. His serum creatinine
    and potassium are high. CAN you recommend a low protein diet
    THANK YOU
    28/6/09
    chin

  • Boop

    I too am on low sodium low protein because of poor kidney function…just got a great book from amazon
    The no-salt, lowest sodium cookbook by donald Gazzaniga.
    very helpful.

  • Bill Seaton

    Thank you for showing the one day diet. Where can I find more like it?

  • joanna wright

    i need a low protein diet thanks

  • asia

    excellent information.

  • John Schallhorn

    I have been diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis with my ck check at 12,500. Dr. wants me to eat no meat or anything with potassium. Any suggestions?

  • Joan Staaleson

    My doctor rcommended a low protein diet due to kidney problems. Looking at the above I already eat a low protein diet. Any suggestions where to look for more help would be appreciated. I already cannot eat spicy, tomatoes, chocolate, caffein and must limit fat content. What can I eat?

  • Shailendra Singh Rawat

    My wife aged 21 Yrs is diagnosed with End Stage Renal Failure + High BP + Pulmonary TB. Can you suggest a diet that can help patients with above three diseases ? Thanks a lot for such useful information.

  • Ahamed hussain

    my doctor told me that my creatinine level is 1.4
    is that ok or risky for my future my age is 26 now

  • nisar

    my uricacid level is6 what indian low protein diet and cholestrol diet should i follow pls recomendthe diet should be based on indian food

  • BrandiCotton

    My dad was just diagnosed with cirrosis of the liver. Being a non-drinker, we are worried about his diet. What can we do to help him?

  • Ed Lara

    Ok, so you showed a low protein sample for eating one day.
    Can you personally send me how it would look for the other 6 days! My doctor told me to eat low protein foods because of kidney failure. I am 60 years old. Can you help me with this request?
    Thanks
    Ed Lara

  • David Prince

    my doctor told me that my creatinine level is 1.7 . He put me on a low protein diet. Is there a book available to list protein levels in all foods and receipes such as listed here , one for each day ? My age is 66 as of this month.

  • david altier

    my dr. wants me to eat the least protein I can. I also have to eat the least potassium also . What can i eat.??? Almost every thing has potas. in it. Is there a book that can help me. thank you

  • DEV DAVIS

    MY 13YR OLD DAUGHTER HAS KIDNEY DAMAGE. THANKS FOR THE SAMPLE MEAL. IM STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW YOU MEASURE THE GRAMS. IF YOUR TURKEY HAS 28G AND THE LEAN MEAT HAS 56G, HOW DOES THE DAY END UP 39G? WOULD YOU PLEASE EXPLAIN AND EMAIL OTHER IDEAS TO ME?

    • ted

      @Dev- The turkey and the lean meat wouldn’t be all protein. Some of the grams would be from the water content and the fat content among other things. 39grams would just be the total protein grams. Use a metric converter to figure out the grams if you don’t have a metric scale. http://www.worldwidemetric.com/metcal.htm

  • gemma

    3 years ago i had 1 kidny removed. it had a large non cancerous tumor growing in it. my other kidney is not doing that good. i have been told told eat a low protien diet. i have lots of fruits and vegetables growing on my farm. how much fruits and vegetables can i safely eat. my sugar level is slightly high. thank you

  • jo

    I would like a renal low prorein diet for 7days asI have been told bythe consultant

  • Jenn

    My body doesn’t break protein down but my favorite foods are meats (and PB&J or PB&Bananas) I need suggestions for a low protein diet since my Dr wont send me to a nutritionist and it probably wont help anyways since I’ll be dropped from my insurance two months after i give birth.

  • DAVID DREYER

    i am sorry my e-mail may have been sent to you incomplete,so i will start over
    i went for a complete exam and my doctor noticed my creatinine level was high 1.4-1.7 iam very upset and wonder if i am in kidney failure soon. he seems to be keeping from giving direct
    answers .maybe he wants to run other tests.i want to avoid dialysis, and want to change my diet to lower protein.will that help me, and could you send me a sample of a menu for different days of the week.your sample i saw on the website shows breakfat,lunch,dinner for only 1 day
    maybe you have some alternate choices.
    i like meat once in a while but eat mostly fish and chicken .which of the 3 has the least protein.i am really sorry asking all these questions,but my wife has terminal cancer and i am her caregiver. HOW CAN I TAKE CARE OF HER IF I HAVE KIDNEY FAILURE! PLEASE HELP ME

    REGARDS,
    MR. DAVID DREYER

  • lizmistica8

    my best friend’s crea is already 3.9 and her doctors advised her to be on a no protein or low protein diet. what can we cook or serve her to help her since she already has uremia? please email us more options. thank you.

  • glen

    I am looking to find a low protein diet for my Pug who has a liver shunt, she has been eating a perscription diet for 2 years and now refuses to eat it ..I have tried all types of reduced protein diets and she will not even try them, I am now looking to home cook for her, but I really don’t kn ow how to calculate the protien, if I use something wit 2 grams of protein and something with 3 protien and something with 1 is that 6 grams of protein she will be consuming she can only have up to 4.5 grams …could you please help me with this and maybe recommend a diet for her …Please she is sinking fast …

  • Rusti

    My husband just received his blood work results and his kidneys are failing. What do we do? Should we change his diet? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

  • Debbic McPherson

    My husband has been told he needs to be on a low sodium and low protien diet. But he is always hungry could you please send me a 7 day meal plan or send me a list of food that he could possibly snack on.

    Thank you

  • Glen

    I am looking to find a low protein diet for my Pug who has a liver shunt, she has been eating a perscription diet for 2 years and now refuses to eat it ..I have tried all types of reduced protein diets and she will not even try them, I am now looking to home cook for her, but I really don’t kn ow how to calculate the protien, if I use something wit 2 grams of protein and something with 3 protien and something with 1 is that 6 grams of protein she will be consuming she can only have up to 4.5 grams …could you please help me with this and maybe recommend a diet for her …Please she is sinking fast …

  • shirley

    I have the same problem as Glen only I have a palm could you recomend a diet for her thank you

  • Savio

    My Dad is advised to have a low protein diet as his Urea as well as Creatinine is running high. Could you Pls mail me a diet plan for him for the whole week.

    Thanks & Regards

    Savio

  • Jenny

    My mom just got out the hospital and she needs to be on a low protein diet..and she cannot have any salt. Can you give me any ideas as to what i can make her that tastes good.

  • Paul ventura

    I am a chef for over 35 years. A good friend age 63, has divisuin chronic prancriatities. I would like to help him with his diet, a low protien low carb meals, under his doctors suggestion. I have seen dessert and sides, but I am looking more for entree recipes. Can you suggest a place to look.

  • Andolyn

    I have pku.. which means i must always be on a lo protein diet. if you must also .. look at low protein food companies.. such as Cambrooke Foods or Nutricia. They should have some foods you can buy and substitute for higher foods. stay away from cheese milk meat .. that means fish and chicken too . you can have some grains i would think . as i only get 10 grams of protein per day .. you may be as high as 50 if you have a problem with kidneys or other wise. i hope that this helps someone ?

  • neva pefley

    my friend is on a low protein diet and a diabetic salads gives her diahhrea some ideas of some diet plans would be appreciated. than you

  • rene

    My father is in Stage 4 of CKD. Please help by emailing me low sodium low protein diet for a week.
    Please….

  • Paul P. Kay

    I am in stage4 please E- mail mea list of foods I can eat.
    Hurry

  • Prakashsampanna

    Sir iam suffering from gout since two years,i love eating non veg, please advice some good diet to control uric Acid.

  • diya

    sir,recently i had to take an excessive protein diet…everything was fine untill one day i went for a walk and felt quite fatigued.the dr asked to take tests of urine and all the minerals which i did and my protein level was surprisingly high!what should i do?can you give an advice for my diet..hurry!!

  • LaShayae

    i need a diet to lower my protein its 2 high and causing me kindey promblems

  • SHAHUL

    pls advice, i have skin problem since 2 years, when i checked the blood, infection in liver, they are saying body produce more toxin
    pls advice

  • JAN RUNYON

    My brother has been diagnosed with liver failture and his doctors stress low protein diet. Do you have a sample 7-day low or no protein diet that a single sick man can follow?

  • Steven

    I’m calling Bull@*$t on that its unhealthy to eat a lot of protein. I eat about 30% of my diet in protein and have done so for years. I semi annually get a comprehensive bloodtest and have been doing so for 6 years and my urea is high but who cares, it doesnt matter. On another note in your opinion high urea causes liver and kidney problems, however my liver and kidneys function perfectly and have perfect blood levels. My doc even says that high protein diets are healthy and that protein being bad for you is made up. I digress, but I thought I’d speak my mind and let you hear the lunacy in the statements given in the page above. BTW what have our ancestors ate for millions of years? High protein, high fat diets, with barely any carbs so there.

  • Steven

    Its actually hilarious, popsicles, white rice, its as if you’re telling people to spike their insulin continuously until they’re insulin resistant and type 2 diabetic. Folks dont listen to these liars.

  • ron rivers

    im on a low protein low sodiue diet can you please send me a 7 day meal plan and tips on snacking,i always feel hungry,i currently have sirrosis to the liver

  • grace

    I need help making a menu 4 myself for a low protein, low sodium and low potassium diet..jus need an example for a week…pleas help thank u 🙂

  • Mom of a kid on low protein diet

    @ Steve, I believe the article out line some danger of a too high protein diet. My daughter is on a strict low-protein diet due to a metabolic disorder. What the article suggests is what we have followed for hte past 13 years and she is in great health. For those individuals that a low-protein diet is benefical, it would serve them well to look into how a lower protein diet could help their health. It is great to hear that you are in prefect health, but a high protein diet is not good for everyone. The suggested menu is a well around plan for those looking to lower their protein. There are some great websites and low protein products that you can research because at some point you may have to stop eating as much protein espcially if your muscles become less active with age or lifestyle. Just my two cents

  • Linda Page

    I had my right kidney removed 30 yrs ago and half of my left kidney removed 6 months ago due to cancer. Since I only have a partial kidney left and I am 65 yrs old, I have to watch my protein intake because as a normal part of aging our kidneys lose some function and urea can create serious problems for our kidneys. So I am on 30 grams of protien or less daily as a preventitive measure to keep my remaining partial kidney working for as long as I can. So just because a person consumes a high amount of protein daily and has healthy checkup now does not mean that the person will continue to have healthy, funtioning kidneys and other organs as that person ages. We have to think about the longevity of our bodies and not just how we feel today. I limit myself to 4 ounces of meat/fowl/fish twice a week and eat only vegetables the rest of the time. I also limit my intake of carbs and sugar because I do not need to add a risk of diabetes to my overall health. There are lots of vegetables and fruit out there to keep me healthy as I plan on living to be at least as old as my mother is now which is 94. I drink lots of water, restrict salt and use herbs/spices instead, no caffeine, use sugar substitute and read all food labels.

  • Eric

    General principles are good. How about diet for diabetic with somewhat more, but high quality calories — no candy, etc. I would also like to see sample diets for a few days, not just one day, to help me determine more acceptable food options for such a low protein diet, since I will have to eat according to its principles for the rest of my life.

  • Jake Ross

    I started having some kidney problems 3 years ago and my crea abruptly dropped to very dangerous levels. I thought surgery or dialysis was the only way to go but the good thing is, I found nurse rachelle gordon’s “Kidney Diet Secrets”. I tried it started getting results after 3 weeks or so.

    I highly recommend her guide ebook for anyone who has kidney disease as its very thorough and it comes with recipes and diet plans.

    If you need more help, let me know. Ill be coming back to this site. 🙂

    All the best,
    Jake R.

  • Ms. S

    Just bought the Kidney Diet Secrets and although it contains some good info I found it confusing that it touts a low protein diet (less than 25g) and yet their daily sample menu’s are 70g of protein.

    Shouldn’t the daily sample menu’s provide menus for a diet of less than 25g of protein?

    I wouldn’t buy this book if you are looking for help and sample menus for a low protein diet.

  • Dennis Strahan

    Have had diabetes since two yrs old am now forty nine doc says I have kidney damage and should get on a low protein diet thanks for your input.

  • Ravi Myatra

    Uric Acid is detected in my blood report docter has asked me take low protein diet can u plseae suggest me a what are fruits and vegetables that have low protein and what other things are good for me.
    Thanks