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Renal Food Spiral Vegetables: What You Need to Know

Mar 23, 2017

Why do we need to eat vegetables?

  • They are high in fiber
  • They are high in vitamins an minerals
  • They are high in phytochemicals, which can help protect us from disease.

In the Renal Food Spiral, VEGETABLES are divided into the three colors: green for “GO”, yellow for “CAUTION”, and red for “STOP”. The foods in the green and yellow sections are the healthiest. The foods in the red section have less nutritional value

Vegetables in the GO section are assigned a Food Factor of 1 . Vegetables in the CAUTION section are assigned a Food Factor of 2 . Vegetables in the STOP section are assigned a Food Factor of 3 . Find out from your doctor or dietitian how many Food Factors you are allowed in a day.

By choosing more foods in the GO and CAUTION sections, you will be able to eat more foods than if you chose foods in the STOP section. You will also be making healthier choices.

Try to eat fresh vegetables when possible. They are higher in fiber. This may improve cholesterol, help control blood sugar, and decrease the risk for some cancers.

Serving sizes matter.

  • 1 serving GO vegetables = 1/2 cup fresh or frozen unsalted
  • 1 serving CAUTION vegetables = ½ cup fresh or frozen unsalted
  • 1 serving STOP vegetables = ½ cup tomatoes, tomato sauce, artichoke
  • On average, one serving will contain 5 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of protein, and 20-40 calories.


Category: Healthy Family

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