nephroplus | May 19, 2021

Green leafy vegetables are vital for growth and good health as they contain all important nutrients. In India, a wide range of greens are consumed. The most popular ones being Spinach, Amaranth, Gogu, Fenugreek, Drumstick leaves, Mint etc., Inclusion of greens in daily diet would help prevent anaemia and promote good health. Green leafy vegetables are also a rich source of Calcium, Beta carotene and Vitamin C. Greens also contain some of the B-Complex Vitamins.

Most leafy greens like spinach and coriander are considered high potassium foods. Just like sodium, potassium must stay balanced in your body when managing kidney disease. If your kidneys are not working well, potassium levels in your blood might get too high. High levels of potassium can affect your heart rhythm, so the eating plan you follow for managing kidney disease might include a potassium limit.

So, the question that now arises is that shall we avoid green leafy vegetables completely from our diet? The answer is definitely NO. One can leach the greens by soaking them in warm water or boiling for 2-5 minutes and discarding the water and then using the vegetable. However, as most vitamins found in green leafy vegetables are water soluble, one can lose out on those while leaching. Please know that leaching does not eradicate complete potassium from the vegetable. Thereby, it is recommended to consume green leafy vegetables which are low or moderately high in potassium in recommended quantities.

Green leafy vegetables like Fenugreek leaves/methi, Kale, lettuce are moderately high in potassium and can be consumed in limited quantities without leaching. However, if your consuming Spinach/Palak, Amaranthus/Ambada, Mint/Pudina and coriander leaves your advised to leach the vegetable.

Choose your greens wisely & Do not eliminate them from your diet completely as they are important for your health in many ways.

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