In April of 2015, multiple news outlets reported on a Bloomberg report that Americans spend more eating out then on groceries (Link to article here). As I talk with my patients, both in the dialysis unit and during CKD counseling sessions, having quick and easy options, whether eating out or at home is something that many of them need. The problem with this is two-fold: 1) Sodium, 2) Phosphorus. Yep, there it is again! “Pesky phosphorus,” as I call it. Many restaurant chains and fast foods (even those advertising as “fresh” such as Subway) have phosphate additives in their food, not to mention loads and loads of salt. Cutting back on eating out, or in the very least, choosing wisely when eating out, can help control phosphorus levels and cut back on sodium intake (which can help with fluid control and blood pressure!) A couple things to note on this handout: McDonalds food has phosphate additives. It is the most common restaurant reported by my patients, which is why it is included on the handout. Also Chipotle has phos additives in some of their tortillas, but the meat is phos-free.
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