High Phosphorus Foods to Limit or Avoid

Pure Life RenalPatient

There are many foods that are high in phosphorus and it is very important that you do your best to reduce your intake of phosphorus. The list below is only an example of some foods that you will want to eliminate or reduce in your daily intake.

Drinks: Ale, beer, Canned or bottled iced teas, Cocoa, chocolate drinks, Dark colas, Drinks made with milk, yogurt, buttermilk
Dairy Products: Cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, Cream soups, Custard, Hard cheese (parmesan, Swiss, cheddar), Ice cream, Milk Pudding, Yogurt
Protein: Canned tuna and salmon, Crayfish, Organ meats (liver, kidneys, sweetbreads), Oysters, clams, calamari, crab, Processed meats (hot dogs, canned meat), Sardines, Tofu
Dried Beans and Peas: Beans (pinto, black, kidney, cannelloni, lima, etc.), Canned beans (baked beans, pork and beans, etc.), Lentils or soy beans, Peas (chick peas, split peas, black-eyed peas, soups or other foods made with beans, lentils, and chick peas, like chili or hummus
Nuts and Seeds: Almonds, cashews, pistachios, sunflower seeds, peanuts, peanut butter
Other High-Phosphorus Foods: Bran cereals, Brewer’s yeast, Chocolate and candies made from milk (caramels), Oatmeal, Quick breads, biscuits, corn bread, muffins, pancakes or waffles from boxed mixes, Wheat germ, Whole grain products, Processed and fast foods with phosphate additives

Note:  This list is not complete and it is important that you get in the habit of reading food labels.  Processed foods and many beverages often contain phosphate additives to enhance quality and increase shelf life. They can contribute large amounts of phosphorus to your diet.  Phosphate additives are almost 100% absorbable.