Phosphorous Diet Information

Is your Phosphorous too high?

It might be because you are eating food that has phosphorous added to it. Manufactures add phosphorous to certain foods in food processing practices to help add flavor and preserve convenience foods. A typical person daily consumes around 1,000 mg of phosphorous additives. This has doubled since 1990.

Where can you find phosphorous additives?

  • Chicken nuggets
  • Boneless skinless chicken breast
  • Tyson chicken products
  • Frozen chicken (wings, breast, thighs, drumsticks)
  • Hormel meat products
  • Butterball turkey
  • Pork products
  • Hot dogs
  • Tropicana fruit drinks
  • Hawaiian Punch
  • Aquafina Essentials
  • Tangerine Fruitworks – all varieties
  • Coca-Cola-all varieties
  • Pepsi-all varieties
  • Mountain Dew
  • RC Cola
  • Diet Rite Cola
  • Code Red & Black
  • Dr. Pepper
  • Nestea COOL
  • Puddings and sauces

How do you know if the product you are buying contains phosphorous additives?

You need to read the nutrition label to see if the product contains any of these words:

Disodium phosphate, Sodium tripolyphosphate, Monosodium phosphate, Sodium tripolyphosphate, Sodium hexametaphosphate, Tetrasodium pyrophosphate, Potassium tripolyphosphate, Trisodium triphosphate

Here are some alternatives that have less than 40 mg of phosphorous:

  • A&W cream soda, A&W root beer
  • Mountain Dew
  • Nestea,
  • Mello Yellow
  • Sprite
  • Slice
  • Minute Maid
  • Fanta
  • Squirt-diet and ruby red
  • Diet Rite flavored beverages
  • Verners
  • Minute maid
  • Welch’s grape & strawberry
  • Dasani flavored waters
  • Crush orange

What else can you do?

You can limit intake of consuming high phosphorus foods by

  • Using fresh meat products
  • Using natural cheeses in very small amounts
  • Making pancakes, waffles, biscuits and breads from “scratch” so that you know what is in them.
  • Avoiding common sources of high phosphorous such as dairy foods, dark colas, beans and nuts.

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