Sugar and Kidneys: Tips for an Enjoyable Halloween

Oct 29, 2019

Sugar and Your Kidneys

Halloween is almost here, and as candy bowls fill up around America, we want to ensure those on dialysis can still enjoy the day while sticking to their kidney-friendly diets. When choosing the Halloween candy to indulge in, here’s what to keep in mind:


How We Digest Sugar

Sugar comes in a few forms, some of the most popular being “fructose,” “glucose,” and “sucrose.” In general, sugar does not cause any issues to the kidneys, unless there is a rise in blood sugar. This is most common in those with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. When blood sugar levels are higher than 180 mg/dl, the kidneys will spill sugar into the urine. For those with diabetes, high levels of sugar could eventually lead to further kidney damage.

Consider Potassium and Phosphorus

A big thing to watch when making candy choices is the amount of potassium and phosphorus. For living on dialysis and following a kidney-friendly diet, potassium and phosphorus are two things you want to limit. Candies high in both include:

  • Solid chocolate

  • Candies with nuts

  • Candies with peanut butter

  • Candies with coconut

  • Candies With dried fruit

  • Caramel candies

Candies to Consider

In general, the following candy can be a better choice with those on kidney-friendly or dialysis meal plans:

  • Hard candies

  • Gummies

  • Jelly beans

  • Marshmallow candies

  • Certain chocolate-coated candies (often including mint or nugget)

Do your best to read labels and if you have any questions, reach out to your Satellite Healthcare dietitian, today.

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