Renal FOOD SPIRAL® Dairy: What You Need to Know

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Renal FOOD SPIRAL® Dairy: What You Need to Know

Posted on 18th Oct 2017

Why do we need dairy?

  • It is high in calcium, promoting strong bones and teeth. It also helps normalize blood pressure.
  • It is high in vitamin D, which helps our body absorb calcium and may hinder the growth of breast cancer cells.
  • It is a good source of protein.

What if I’m lactose intolerant? There are many non-dairy items you can consume.

  • Rice milk, almond milk, soy milk, non-dairy whipped dessert topping

In the Renal FOOD SPIRAL®, Dairy/Non-Dairy is 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.

Dairy and non-dairy in the GO section are assigned a Food Factor of 0 . Dairy and non-dairy in the CAUTION section are assigned a Food Factor of 1 . Dairy and non-dairy in the STOP section are assigned a Food Factor of 2 . 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.

Aim to consume low fat or reduced fat milk, dairy, and yogurt products.

Serving sizes matter.

  • 1 serving GO dairy/non-dairy = ½ cup
  • 1 serving CAUTION dairy/non-dairy = ½ cup
  • 1 serving STOP dairy/non-dairy = ½ cup and ¼ cup
  • On average, one 1-cup serving will contain 10-15 grams of carbohydrates, 0-8 grams of fat, 7-8 grams of protein, and 80-160 calories.


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