No matter where are you from, you must be quite familiar with tomato. This is because tomato is one common vegetable all over the world. However, if people have end stage renal disease (ESRD), they need to pay their attention to tomato consumption.
Generally, if patients have several conditions, they should eat fewer tomatoes.
In ESRD, kidneys are unable to filter blood and do their works normally. In this case, extra potassium and phosphorus will build up in the blood, and then patients will have high potassium and phosphorus level. Tomato is rich in both potassium and phosphorus, so these patients had better avoid this food. Besides, if they have gastrointestinal tract problem like diarrhea, they should also limit the intake of tomato.
If patients can eat tomato, they can get the following benefits.
Tomato is one source of vitamin C, vitamin B, calcium, iron, dietary fibers, malic acid, and citric acid. All of these nutrients are beneficial for ESRD patients with the following effects.
1. Ease anemia
As impaired kidneys can not secrete enough erythropoietin and prompt the body to absorb enough iron, patients will have anemia easily. Eating tomatoes can help alleviate patients’ anemia through supplementing iron.
It is reported that more than 85% of kidney disease is related to immune disorder. Tomato can reduce inflammation in the body. This benefit is good for ESRD patients.
3. Prevent heart disease
For ESRD patients, heart disease is the main cause of death. Because tomatoes can lower blood pressure and high blood cholesterol, it can help reduce the risk of heart disease.
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