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Low Protein Diet

Following a low-protein diet is often advised for people with kidney disease. Our diet plan review explains the benefits of a low-protein diet and the kind of diet meal plans it involves.

You need protein daily for the growth and upkeep of your body, but most of us eat two or three times more every day than we need. Because your body can't store protein, your kidneys have to break down the excess, and produce a waste product called urea. If your kidneys aren't working well, this can lead to a build-up of urea in the bloodstream, which causes fatigue and loss of appetite. Choosing a low-protein diet reduces the workload of your kidneys.

To help you work out your diet meal plans and recipes for a low-protein diet, here is a guide on what foods contain protein:

Animal products - fish, poultry, meat, eggs and dairy products

These are known as high quality protein. Dairy products are high in phosphorus, which can cause your blood phosphorus levels to become too high, so it's best to limit how much dairy you eat.

Vegetable products - breads, cereals, rice, pasta, dried beans

These are known as low quality protein. You should eat some of each type every day. The best way to cut down on quantities is to use a variety of tricks in your recipes to make a small amount seem more satisfying.


Use thinly sliced meats and add plenty of salad ingredients such as lettuce and cucumber.


Use milk substitutes instead of cream, and add rice or pasta to make soups more filling.

Main Dishes

Use vegetables and grains as the main dish, meat as the side dish, and stronger tasting cheeses so you need to use less.