What Is a Low-Protein Diet?
Why Should I Follow a Low-Protein Diet?
Low-Protein Diet Basics
Eating Guide for a Low-Protein Diet
Meat and Meat Substitutes
|Beef, poultry, fish, lamb, veal||1 ounce|
|Cheese||1 ounce or ¼ cup shredded|
|Peanut butter||2 tablespoon|
|Dried peas or beans (cooked)||½ cup|
|Milk, cream, and yogurt||½ cup|
|Ice cream||¾ cup|
|Bagel (varies), 4-ounce||¼ of a bagel (1-ounce)|
|Bread (white, pumpernickel, whole wheat, rye)||1 slice|
|Broth-based soup||1 cup|
|Cooked beans, peas, or corn||½ cup|
|Cooked cereal||½ cup|
|English muffin, hot dog bun, or hamburger bun||½|
|Potato||1 small or ½ cup mashed|
|Sweet potato or yam||½ cup|
|Unsweetened, dry cereal||¾ cup|
|Cooked vegetables||½ cup|
|Raw vegetables||1 cup|
|Tomato or vegetable juice||½ cup|
|Canned fruit||½ cup|
|Dried fruit||¼ cup|
|Fresh fruit||1 small or 1 cup (eg, cut up or berries)|
|Fresh juice||½ cup|
Fats and Sugars
- When planning a meal or filling your plate with food, focus on the vegetables and grains, and then supplement with a small serving of meat, if desired.
- When preparing meals at home, be sure to weigh (with a kitchen scale) and measure your foods to make sure you are getting the correct portion size.
- Ask your dietitian about special low-protein products, including low-protein baking mixes, breads, cookies, and crackers.
American Dietetic Association http://www.eatright.org/
National Kidney Foundation http://www.kidney.org/
Dietitians of Canada http://www.dietitians.ca/
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- Reviewer: Dianne Scheinberg Rishikof MS, RD, LDN
- Review Date: 09/2013 -
- Update Date: 09/30/2013 -
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