Renal FOOD SPIRAL® Starches: What You Need to Know

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Renal FOOD SPIRAL® Starches: What You Need to Know

Posted on 18th Oct 2017

What counts as a bread or starch?

  • Rice, pasta, grits, cereal, oatmeal
  • Snack foods, cakes, cookies, desserts,
  • Starchy vegetables like corn, peas, and potatoes.

Why do we need breads and starches?

  • Whole grains are high in fiber.
  • They are a good source of several B vitamins.
  • They also contain vitamins C and E, as well as Iron, Zinc, Calcium, and Copper.

In the Renal FOOD SPIRAL®, BREADS & STARCHES 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

Breads and starches in the GO section are assigned a Food Factor of 1 . Breads and starches in the CAUTION section are assigned a Food Factor of 2 . Breads and starches 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 breads and starches with at least 3 grams of fiber per serving.

Serving sizes matter.

  • 1 serving GO breads and starches = ½ cup starch, 1 cup cereal
  • 1 serving CAUTION breads and starches = 1 slice, 1 oz. or ½ cup
  • 1 serving STOP breads and starches = 1 slice, 1 oz., or ½ cup
  • On average, one serving will contain at least 15 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of protein, 0-1 grams of fat, and 70 calories.


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