How Do I Make the Right Food Choices?

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People with mineral and bone disorder need to limit high-phosphorus foods. They need to get the right amount of calcium and protein, too.

Foods with phosphate additives tend to raise blood phosphorus levels because this type of phosphorus is easier for your body to absorb than the phosphorus found naturally in foods. Phosphorus additives are in most processed and fast foods. Avoiding these foods will help control your blood phosphorus level.

Keep these tips in mind:
  • Many foods have phosphorus.
  • Canned foods, frozen foods, or foods that come in boxes may have added phosphorus.
  • Read food labels to see if they contain phosphorus additives. You may see words like “sodium phosphate” or “pyrophosphate.” Ask your healthcare provider about any ingredients with “phos” in it.
Special occasions and eating out:
  • Ask for sauces and dressing on the side. 
  • Limit foods that are “creamed,” “scalloped,” or “au gratin.”
  • Choose drinks that are not “colas.”
  • Eat smaller amounts.