Msc,RD, Chief Dietician, NephroPlus
It is definitely the most awaited season of the year specially to enjoy the king of all fruits – ‘Mango’. Mango is packed with powerful antioxidants, electrolytes and dense calories. The bioactive compound mangiferin has promising protective effects against degenerative diseases such as heart diseases, cancer, obesity, diabetes and other lifestyle disorders. It also protects the body against damage associated with oxidative stress due to the presence of the potent antioxidants like total phenolic compounds, carotenoids and ascorbic acid.
Mangoes are considered fruits with high potassium content, however, the potassium content of mangoes differs with the variety, and it ranges from approximately 100 mg to around 220 mg per 100 g of edible portion. For eg., Alphonso has about 141 mg of potassium per 100g whereas Totapuri has 160 mg.
In order to avoid High Potassium Levels, many Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients are encouraged to limit high potassium fruits and vegetables. One can consume 75g or two thin slices of mango preferably during dialysis without any fear. Mangoes, especially the raw mangoes, are rich with antioxidant components that help the kidneys to remove the toxins from the body. Raw mango also contains 147mg of potassium per 100g hence small quantity of chutney or raw mango delicacies can be consumed during the first hour of dialysis.
It is very important to understand that when you are on dialysis, controlling portions and eating at the right time matters a lot!