Not everyone with the medical condition has to completely avoid avocados, according to registered dietician nutritionist Kellsey Reed (via Patients Like Me). “Avocados are packed with fiber, healthy fats, and potassium. Fiber and healthy fats are great additions to a kidney-friendly diet because they help to manage your blood sugars, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and gut health,” shared the expert.
However, if you have kidney disease and you’re on a potassium-restrictive diet, you have to be mindful. This might be true for someone with later-stage kidney disease, for example.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to chronic kidney disease, according to Reed. Although avocados generally fall under the group of foods you’re asked to avoid, you can still enjoy the rich and creamy fruit in your diet if your potassium levels are normal or low, depending on what your doctor recommends. Here’s how you can do that.