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Top 10 Foods Highest in Phosphorus


Phosphorus is an essential nutrient required for proper cell functioning, regulation of calcium, strong bones and teeth, and for making ATP (adenosine triphosphate) a molecule which provides energy to our cells. A deficiency in phosphorus can lead to lowered appetite, anemia, muscle pain, improper bone formation (rickets), numbness, and a weakened immune system. Phosphorus is found in almost every food, and as such, deficiency is rare. Conversely consuming too much phosphorus causes the body to send calcium from the bones to the blood in an attempt to restore balance. This transfer of calcium weakens bones, and can cause calcification of internal organs, increasing risk of heart attack and other vascular diseases. Some scientific research suggests that phosphorus is more easily absorbed from meat products,4 and you can only absorb half of the phosphorus contained in plant foods. The amount of phosphorus absorbed differs from person to person, and as HealthAliciousNess.com considers nutrients from plant sources to be optimal for health, the plant sources of phosphorus are still listed here and recommended. The DV (Percent Daily Value) for phosphorus is 1000mg. Below is a list of high phosphorus foods by common serving size, for more, see the extended lists of high phosphorus foods by nutrient density, and phosphorus rich foods.

#1: Seeds (Pumpkin & Squash)
Phosphorous in 100g Per cup (129g)Per ounce (28g)
1233mg (123% DV)1591mg (159% DV)345mg (35% DV)
Other Seeds High in Phosphorous (%DV per ounce): Sunflower Seeds (32%), Chia Seeds (24%), Sesame Seeds (22%), Watermelon Seeds (21%), and Flaxseeds (18%). Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#2: Cheese (Romano)
Phosphorous in 100g Per package (142g)Per ounce (28g)
760mg (76% DV)1079mg (108% DV)213mg (21% DV)
Other Types of Cheese High in Phosphorous (%DV per ounce): Parmesan (23%), Goat Cheese (20%), Nonfat Mozzarella (18%), Gruyere and Swiss (17%), Gouda, Edam and Nonfat Cream Cheese (15%). Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#3: Fish (Salmon)
Phosphorous in 100gPer 1/2 Fillet (154g)Per 3oz (85g)
371mg (37% DV)571mg (57% DV)315mg (32% DV)
Other Fish High in Phosphorous (%DV per 3oz Cooked): Carp (45%), American Shad (30%), Whitefish and Cod (29%), Tuna (28%), and Mackerel (27%). Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#4: Shellfish (Scallops)
Phosphorous in 100g (Cooked) Per 3oz (85g)Per ounce (28g)
426mg (43% DV)362mg (36% DV)121mg (12% DV)
Other Shellfish High in Phosphorous (%DV per 3oz Cooked): Clams (29%), Shrimp (26%), Mussels and Crab (24%). Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#5: Nuts (Brazil)
Phosphorous in 100g Per cup (133g)Per ounce (28g)
725mg (73% DV)964mg (96% DV)203mg (20% DV)
Other Nuts High in Phosphorous (%DV per ounce): Pine Nuts (16%), Almonds and Cashews (14%), and Pistachios (13%). Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#6: Pork (Lean Sirloin)
Phosphorous in 100gPer roast (638g)Per 3oz (85g)
311mg (31% DV)1984mg (198% DV)264mg (26% DV)
A Lean Pork Chop (180g) provides (55%) DV. Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#7: Beef & Veal (Lean Beef)
Phosphorous in 100gPer piece (283g)Per 3oz (85g)
286mg (29% DV)809mg (81% DV)243mg (24% DV)
Veal leg provides (25%) per 3oz of phosphorus. Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#8: Low Fat Dairy (Nonfat Yogurt)
Phosphorous 100g Per cup (245g)Per container (227g)
157mg (16% DV)385mg (38% DV)356mg (36% DV)
1 cup of Nonfat Milk provides 25% DV of phosphorus. Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#9: Soya Foods (Tofu)
Phosphorous in 100gPer 3oz (85g)Per ounce (28g)
287mg (29% DV)241mg (24% DV)80mg (8% DV)
Soybeans (Edamame) are Also High in Phosphorous: providing (18%) DV per ounce. Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#10: Beans & Lentils (Lentils)
Phosphorous in 100gPer cup (198g)Per tablespoon (12g)
180mg (18% DV)356mg (36% DV)22mg (2% DV)
Other Beans and Lentils High in Phosphorous (%DV per cup cooked): Adzuki (39%), Yellow Beans (32%), White Beans (30%), Chickpeas and Black Turtle Beans (28%), Pinto and Kidney Beans (25%). Click to see complete nutrition facts.



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Top 10 High Phosphorus Foods by Nutrient Density (Phosphorus per Gram)

#1: Seeds (Pumpkin) 1233mg (123% DV) per 100 grams345mg (35% DV) per ounce (28 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Seeds
#2: Spices (Ground Mustard Seed) 828mg (83% DV) per 100 grams17mg (2% DV) per teaspoon (2 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Spices
#3: Cheese (Parmesan) 807mg (81% DV) per 100 grams40mg (4% DV) per tablespoon (5 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Cheese
#4: Nuts (Brazil) 725mg (73% DV) per 100 grams203mg (20% DV) per ounce (28 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Nuts
#5: Cocoa Powder 734mg (73% DV) per 100 grams37mg (4% DV) per tablespoon (5 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Cocoa Powder
#6: Edamame (Soybeans) 649mg (65% DV) per 100 grams182mg (18% DV) per ounce (28 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Edamame
#7: Bakerís Yeast 637mg (64% DV) per 100 grams26mg (3% DV) per teaspoon (4 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Bakerís Yeast
#8: Bacon 533mg (53% DV) per 100 grams43mg (4% DV) per slice (8 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Bacon
#9: Liver (Beef) 497mg (50% DV) per 100 grams338mg (34% DV) per slice (68 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Liver
#10: Canned Sardines 490mg (49% DV) per 100 grams451mg (45% DV) per can (92 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Canned Sardines

Other Phosphorus Rich Foods

Bran (Not well absorbed)*1677mg (168% DV) per 100 gram serving1426mg (144% DV) per cup (118 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Bran
Wheat Germ (Not well absorbed)*1146mg (115% DV) per 100 gram serving1295mg (129% DV) per cup (113 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Toasted Wheat Germ
Fortified Cereals**1150mg (115% DV) per 100 gram serving1426mg (144% DV) in 2 cups (124 grams)713mg (72% DV) per cup (62 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Fortified Cereals
Poppy Seeds849mg (85% DV) per 100 gram serving76mg (8% DV) per tablespoon (9 grams)25mg (3% DV) per teaspoon (3 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Poppy Seeds
Cocoa Powder734mg (73% DV) per 100 gram serving631mg (63% DV) per cup (86 grams)37mg (4% DV) per tablespoon (5 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Cocoa Powder
Baking Powder 6869mg (687% DV) per 100 gram serving 344mg (34% DV) per teaspoon (5 grams) 206mg (21% DV) per 1/2 teaspoon (3 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Baking Powder
Whey Powder 932mg (93% DV) per 100 gram serving 1351mg (135% DV) per cup (145 grams) 75mg (7% DV) per tablespoon (8 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Whey Powder
Caviar 356mg (36% DV) per 100 gram serving 100mg (10% DV) per ounce (28 grams) 57mg (6% DV) per tablespoon (16 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Caviar
Tempeh 266mg (27% DV) per 100 gram serving 442mg (44% DV) per cup (166 grams) 74mg (8% DV) per ounce (28 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Tempeh
Sun Dried Tomatoes 356mg (36% DV) per 100 gram serving 192mg (19% DV) per cup (54 grams) 7mg (1% DV) per piece (2 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Sun Dried Tomatoes
Ham (Lean) 322mg (32% DV) per 100 gram serving 274mg (27% DV) per 3oz (85 grams) 892mg (89% DV) per piece (277 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Ham
Rice Cakes (Brown) 360mg (36% DV) per 100 gram serving 65mg (6% DV) per 2 cakes (18 grams) 32mg (3% DV) per cake (9 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Brown Rice Cakes
Popcorn 358mg (36% DV) per 100 gram serving 29mg (3% DV) per cup (8 grams) 100mg (10% DV) per ounce (28 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Popcorn
Watercress 60mg (6% DV) per 100 gram serving 20mg (2% DV) per cup chopped (34 grams) 15mg (2% DV) per 10 sprigs (25 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Watercress
Shiitake Mushrooms (Dried) 294mg (29% DV) per 100 gram serving 44mg (4% DV) per 4 mushrooms (15 grams) 12mg (1% DV) per mushroom (4 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Shiitake Mushrooms
Portabella Mushrooms 108mg (11% DV) per 100 gram serving 93mg (9% DV) per cup, diced (86 grams) 91mg (9% DV) per mushroom (84 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Portabella Mushrooms
White Mushrooms (Cooked) 105mg (11% DV) per 100 gram serving 113mg (11% DV) per cup, sliced (108 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for White Mushrooms
Tortilla Chips 318mg (32% DV) per 100 gram serving 89mg (9% DV) per ounce (28 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Tortilla Chips
Buckwheat (Cooked) 319mg (32% DV) per 100 gram serving 523mg (52% DV) per cup (164 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Buckwheat
Peanut Butter 369mg (37% DV) per 100 gram serving 133mg (13% DV) per 2 tablespoons (36 grams) Click to see complete nutrition facts for Peanut Butter
*While bran and germ (the components of whole grains) are high in phosphorus, they are in a storage form called phytin, which is not absorbed.Ref
**Amount of phosphorus may vary greatly between products. Be sure to check nutrition labels for the exact amount of phosphorus from each individual product.
For more high phosphorus foods use the nutrient ranking tool.


People at Risk of a Phosphorus Deficiency

  • Alcoholics - Alcohol can draw phosphorus supplies from the bones, lowering overall levels.3
  • People Taking Salt Substitutes - Salt substitutes which contain potassium may reduce phosphorus levels in the long term.3
  • Long distance athletes - People who exercise over long distances lose electrolytes via sweat and need to replenish their sodium, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus levels.
  • Dehydration - People who consume excess alcohol, or suffer diarrhea, or can be otherwise dehydrated need to replenish their sodium, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus levels.
  • Drugs which may Lower Phosphorus Levels3
    • Antacids - Antacids with aluminum, calcium, or magnesium, can hamper phosphorus absorption in the digestive system.
    • Anticonvulsants - Anticonvulsants, such as phenobarbital and carbamazepine or Tegretol, can lower levels of phosphorus in the body, and create enzymes which hamper absorption.
    • Bile Acid Sequestrants - Bile acid sequestrants used to lower cholesterol can prevent phosphorus being absorbed by the body.
    • Corticosteroids - Corticosteroids, such as prednisone or methylprednisolone (Medrol), can increase excretion of phosphorus in unrine.
    • Insulin - Insulin in high doses may lower phosphorus absorption.
    • ACE Inhibitors (Blood Pressure Medication) - ACE Inhibitors such as Benazepril (Lotensin), Captopril (Capoten), Enalapril (Vasotec), Fosinopril (Monopril), Lisinopril (Zestril, Prinivil), Quinapril (Accupril), and Ramipril (Altace) may lower levels of phosphorus.
    • Cyclosporine (Immune Supressant)
    • Cardiac Glycosides (Digoxin or Lanoxin)
    • Heparins (Blood-thinning Drugs)
    • Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (ie: Ibuprofen or Advil)

Recipes High in Phosphorus

How to Cook Oatmeal (Oats)
How to Cook Rye
Blackberry Salad

Warnings

  • Cheese, Bacon, and Whole Milk are high cholesterol foods which should be eaten in moderate amounts or avoided by people at risk of heart disease or stroke.
  • Pumpkin and Squash Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Flax Seeds, Cheese, and Nuts are high calorie foods and should be eaten in moderate amounts by people with a high body mass index.
  • People with kidney failure should regulate their intake of phosphorus foods, and avoid phosphorus foods if their level is high. Normal phosphorus levels range between 3.5 to 5.5 mg/dL. The National Kidney Foundation can provide more guidance on kidney failure and phosphorus foods.

Buy Phosphorus Foods

Parmesan cheese, Sesame Seeds, Almonds, Flax Seeds, Brazil Nuts.




Comments.
Name:Darlina
Location:San Bernardino, Ca
Subject:High Phosphorus Food
Your article was benefical. I have kidney disease and got alot from this on what not to eat.
Posted on 2012-01-27 16:41:25
Name:Kathy
Location:Spartanburg, SC
Subject:High Phosphorus
I also have kidney problems and also got a lot from your article. Thanks!!!
Posted on 2012-03-04 05:10:20
Name:Nikki
Location:Sheffield, England
Subject:High Phosphorus Food
Your article has given me beneficial information to help me try to raise my low phosphate levels naturally, as the supplements prescribed to me by my Dr makes me nauseous. I have had a kidney transplant.
Posted on 2012-03-09 05:25:46
Name:Don Atkinson
Location:Alliston Ont.
Subject:Chronic kidney disease
I have to limit my phosphorus intake. Is white rice high or low in phosphorus?
Posted on 2012-09-19 15:42:01
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Chronic kidney disease
Hi Don, thanks for your quesiton. One cup of cooked enriched white rice provides 87mg (9% DV) of phosphorus. That is 55mg (6% DV) in a 100 gram serving. Plain (un-enriched) white rice provides similar amounts of phosphorus. One cup of cooked brown rice provides even more phosphorus with 162mg (16% DV).

Complete nutrition facts for enriched, un-enriched, and brown rice.

Posted on 2012-09-19 21:10:36
Name:Sheryl
Location:Ithaca, NY
Subject:Chronic Kidney Disease
Great article on what NOT to eat! Thanks
Posted on 2012-11-18 10:12:49
Name:Paramdeep Singh
Location:Punjab, India
Subject:Chronic Kidney Disease
Great article...loads of info....grateful to you for the effort. Could you also provide elaborate detail on stuff that can help in lowering very high phosphorus levels? Thanks.
Posted on 2012-11-23 12:42:00
Name:Lester Byers
Location:Sun City West, Az
Subject:How to Lower Phosphorus in the body?
I am on dialysis and have too much phosphorus in my body, it causes body itch. Are there foods to decrease phosphorus in the body? I can stay away from high phosphorus. Thanks.
Posted on 2013-01-12 16:24:32
Name:Jill Mallory
Location:Mesa, AZ
Subject:Decreasing phosphorus
If your lab results show that your phosphorus level is high your doctor may prescribe medication to lower it. Calcium acetate (Tums) is another way if you don't have a prescription. Be aware that if you have high blood calcium levels Tums is loaded with calcium. The best solution is to limit the intake of phosphorus rich foods and learn which foods cause a rise in phosphorus levels. You can do this by keeping track of the amount of phosphorus you eat each day and comparing the level when you get your lab results. When your phosphorus levels go down the itching will also.
Posted on 2013-02-04 18:21:15
Name:Mhikl
Location:Calgary, Canada
Subject:Regulating Electrolytes and Cholesterol
I have looked at electrolytes since a relative couldn't regulate her potassium beginning 1972, discovering (over time) there are four and then recently five electrolytes. It seems Magnesium is the great regulator in the electrolyte family and soils and we are deficient in this valuable mineral. The five electrolytes mentioned are: Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, and Phosphorous. Again, Magnesium may be the answer to regulating them all.

Also, isn't Cholesterol being reevaluated: it may be cholesterol made in the body from indulgent carbohydrates that cause the problems...Such a complicated issue is the topic of healthy nutrition, even in these modern times of science and experimental research.

Posted on 2013-02-19 17:34:21
Name:Key
Location:MN
Subject:Agree with Mhikl
Magnesium is so needed to compliment all the others. Magnesium helps with all kinds of pain. And regarding Tums, they are very damaging to the stomach acid needed for digestion. Tums will just create another issue.
Posted on 2013-02-20 11:32:51
Name:Renae
Location:Michigan
Subject:Diabetic and want to be proactive about electrolytes
Hi, I'm diabetic and right now my creats are normal...but, after reading here, I feel I must be more proactive in preventing advanced kidney damage... Got any more suggestions? My skin does get itchy, I'll be looking at my phosphorus AND magnesium level quite closely from here out. Thanks much.
Posted on 2013-02-28 22:51:32
Name:Patricia
Location:San Jose, CA
Subject:Sunflower seed butter and itchy skin
Hi,Thank you for your article. Does sunflower seed butter have the same levels of phosphorous in it as the kernel?

Not to confuse the issue of itchy skin. I found when my forehead itched, there were some products that had sodium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous in it to bring more alkalinity into the system. The phosphorous product had 95 mg taken up to 3 times a day. I started taking this amount of phosphorous through a less expensive means of capsules. And my itchy skin stopped itching. I used up the bottle and stopped taking the phosphorous capsules and now my itchy skin is back which brought me to your website.

So if one has too much phosphorous you can get itchy skin and if you don't have enough phosphorous you can get itchy skin? What do you think?

I thought I might try a natural source of phosphorous to stop the itching. I eat a lot of sunflower seed butter and my skin still itches but maybe I need to add rice bran which is higher in phosphorous.

Posted on 2013-03-29 15:41:01
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Sunflower seed butter and itchy skin
Hi Patricia thanks for your comments and questions. Can't comment on the effect of phosphorus and itchy skin, but sunflower seed butter is a good source of phosphorus. One ounce (2 tablespoons) will provide 186mg (19% DV) of phosphorus. One ounce of toasted sunflower seeds in contrast will provide a bit more with 324mg (32% DV). If you want to boost your phosphorus intake further, then spreading your sunflower seed butter on bran bread and sprinkling some bran and toasted wheat germ on top should help. Since absorption of phosphorus is less efficient from foods than supplements, you may have trouble getting the same amount of phosphorus as you got from the supplement. However, keep trying the natural way a bit longer and see if you can do it! Hope those thoughts help. Here are the complete nutrition facts for sunflower seed butter vs toasted sunflower seeds.
Posted on 2013-03-29 15:50:49
Name:Phyllis
Location:Trinidad
Subject:Fractured elbow
I recently had surgery on my elbow can I take extra phosphorous to help the healing process?
Posted on 2013-04-27 15:32:33
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Fractured elbow
Hi Phyllis, thanks for your question. The phosphorus in your blood will increase to promote bone healing. Eating more phosphorous rich foods is certainly important to ensure your body has enough phosphorous to heal your bones. Taking extra phosphorous may help speed the healing process, but it has not been well established. Here is an article on phosphorus and bone healing for more info.
Posted on 2013-04-28 04:32:46
Name:Jeri
Location:Ohio
Subject:Pain from high phosphorous?
My husband is a diabetic on insulin and currently on dialysis. He has been having pain in his hands, back, arms, everywhere. I found through his blood work that his phosphorous was elevated. Could this be the cause of the pain? The Dr. has prescribed a phosphate binder 3 times a day. Will this help?
Posted on 2013-05-10 17:49:11
Name:Gussie
Location:Yuma, AZ
Subject:Phosphorus after a kidney transplant
I had a kidney transplant 15 years ago and it is doing great. I found your article very helpful. I am having problems maintaining my electrolytes because I have adrenal insufficiency caused by taking prednison for so long. Thanks, Gussie.
Posted on 2013-06-04 18:03:39
Name:Gail Anthony
Location:Norfolk, VA
Subject:Kidney Failure
Your article was remiss in omitting that high phosphorus foods are a risk for people with kidney failure.
Posted on 2013-08-01 14:54:58
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Kidney Failure
Hi Gail, thanks for your comment. A note for people with kidney failure has been added to the warnings section.
Posted on 2013-08-02 10:35:20
Name:Lori
Location:Baltimore, MD
Subject:Phosphorus in grains
This Medline article says that the form of phosphorus in whole grains can't be absorbed by the human body. The best sources are raw milk, cheese, and meat from grass fed cows and goats.
Posted on 2013-09-30 09:29:11
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Phosphorus in grains
Hi Lori, thanks for bringing this to light. The medline article states: "Although whole-grain breads and cereals contain more phosphorus than cereals and breads made from refined flour, this is a storage form of phosphorus called phytin, which is not absorbed by humans." It seems what the article is saying is that whole grains are not better sources of phosphorus than refined grains. However, grains are still a good source of phosphorus, and both the Linus Pauling Institute, and the University of Maryland Medical Center list grains as a source of phosphorus. Yet, bran is probably not the best source of phosphorus, and this article has been revised to only add bran to the extended list of phosphorus rich foods, with a footnote regarding lack of absorption.
Posted on 2013-10-01 05:47:24
Name:JP
Location:Cape Town, SA
Subject:Moderate Kidney Disease
My Partner has been feeling very low in energy and had pain in his lower back. After a blood test we found out he has Moderate Kidney Disease. He's afraid of turning Diabetic (not in family history) and turning into a sour - no fun in life - person, by not eating and/drinking anything that is nice or fun. He said he also needs to get rid of the 'little tube', (over weight), that's been growing around his middle. After I read these articles and comments, I really think he's throwing out, the baby with the bath-water. Still, if possible can you please advise on what foods to avoid completely and what to dig into. I would really appreciate your help as he says - rather prevent kidney failure and/or becoming diabetic, than getting diagnosed with either! Thanks so much, so long. JP.
Posted on 2013-10-04 11:15:38
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Moderate Kidney Disease
Hi JP, thanks for your question, and glad the other comments were helpful. Living with Kidney disease does require some diet and lifestyle changes, but with the right attitude, it can be a way to try new foods, and different kinds of "fun" that does not need to involve alcohol etc...A specific Kidney disease diet is not in the scope of this site, but the National Kidney Foundation has a page on Kidney Disease Friendly Cooking which may help. Amazon also has some recipe books related to the condition. You can try use the nutrient ranking tool to find foods low in phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and sodium. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2013-10-05 04:38:42
Name:David Jones
Location:Tequesta, FL
Subject:Phosphorus Deficiency Causes
I have a new category of people who must be careful of depleting their phosphorus levels to dangerous levels - Long Distance Cyclists. I just experienced an excruciating trip to the hospital and half a day in the emergency room having my phosphorus count rebuilt. Most painful experience I ever had. Before yesterday, I did not know there is phosphorus in our bodies, let alone having any knowledge of how we replenish it and maintain it at safe levels. Thus my visit to your website. Very informative and keep up the good work - I have downloaded your article and intend to put it to good use immediately. Thanks for sharing - DJ
Posted on 2013-10-17 16:12:14
Name:Joan Tendler
Location:Wisconsin
Subject:Phytates limit phosphorus absorption
Thanks for the information, but I think it's important to know that the phosphorus in seeds, beans-including tofu- is also (like grains) in the form of phytates, so it's not absorbable. Sprouting and long soaking helps, but it's still limited.
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Comments.
Name:Darlina
Location:San Bernardino, Ca
Subject:High Phosphorus Food
Your article was benefical. I have kidney disease and got alot from this on what not to eat.
Posted on 2012-01-27 16:41:25
Name:Kathy
Location:Spartanburg, SC
Subject:High Phosphorus
I also have kidney problems and also got a lot from your article. Thanks!!!
Posted on 2012-03-04 05:10:20
Name:Nikki
Location:Sheffield, England
Subject:High Phosphorus Food
Your article has given me beneficial information to help me try to raise my low phosphate levels naturally, as the supplements prescribed to me by my Dr makes me nauseous. I have had a kidney transplant.
Posted on 2012-03-09 05:25:46
Name:Don Atkinson
Location:Alliston Ont.
Subject:Chronic kidney disease
I have to limit my phosphorus intake. Is white rice high or low in phosphorus?
Posted on 2012-09-19 15:42:01
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Chronic kidney disease
Hi Don, thanks for your quesiton. One cup of cooked enriched white rice provides 87mg (9% DV) of phosphorus. That is 55mg (6% DV) in a 100 gram serving. Plain (un-enriched) white rice provides similar amounts of phosphorus. One cup of cooked brown rice provides even more phosphorus with 162mg (16% DV).

Complete nutrition facts for enriched, un-enriched, and brown rice.

Posted on 2012-09-19 21:10:36
Name:Sheryl
Location:Ithaca, NY
Subject:Chronic Kidney Disease
Great article on what NOT to eat! Thanks
Posted on 2012-11-18 10:12:49
Name:Paramdeep Singh
Location:Punjab, India
Subject:Chronic Kidney Disease
Great article...loads of info....grateful to you for the effort. Could you also provide elaborate detail on stuff that can help in lowering very high phosphorus levels? Thanks.
Posted on 2012-11-23 12:42:00
Name:Lester Byers
Location:Sun City West, Az
Subject:How to Lower Phosphorus in the body?
I am on dialysis and have too much phosphorus in my body, it causes body itch. Are there foods to decrease phosphorus in the body? I can stay away from high phosphorus. Thanks.
Posted on 2013-01-12 16:24:32
Name:Jill Mallory
Location:Mesa, AZ
Subject:Decreasing phosphorus
If your lab results show that your phosphorus level is high your doctor may prescribe medication to lower it. Calcium acetate (Tums) is another way if you don't have a prescription. Be aware that if you have high blood calcium levels Tums is loaded with calcium. The best solution is to limit the intake of phosphorus rich foods and learn which foods cause a rise in phosphorus levels. You can do this by keeping track of the amount of phosphorus you eat each day and comparing the level when you get your lab results. When your phosphorus levels go down the itching will also.
Posted on 2013-02-04 18:21:15
Name:Mhikl
Location:Calgary, Canada
Subject:Regulating Electrolytes and Cholesterol
I have looked at electrolytes since a relative couldn't regulate her potassium beginning 1972, discovering (over time) there are four and then recently five electrolytes. It seems Magnesium is the great regulator in the electrolyte family and soils and we are deficient in this valuable mineral. The five electrolytes mentioned are: Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, and Phosphorous. Again, Magnesium may be the answer to regulating them all.

Also, isn't Cholesterol being reevaluated: it may be cholesterol made in the body from indulgent carbohydrates that cause the problems...Such a complicated issue is the topic of healthy nutrition, even in these modern times of science and experimental research.

Posted on 2013-02-19 17:34:21
Name:Key
Location:MN
Subject:Agree with Mhikl
Magnesium is so needed to compliment all the others. Magnesium helps with all kinds of pain. And regarding Tums, they are very damaging to the stomach acid needed for digestion. Tums will just create another issue.
Posted on 2013-02-20 11:32:51
Name:Renae
Location:Michigan
Subject:Diabetic and want to be proactive about electrolytes
Hi, I'm diabetic and right now my creats are normal...but, after reading here, I feel I must be more proactive in preventing advanced kidney damage... Got any more suggestions? My skin does get itchy, I'll be looking at my phosphorus AND magnesium level quite closely from here out. Thanks much.
Posted on 2013-02-28 22:51:32
Name:Patricia
Location:San Jose, CA
Subject:Sunflower seed butter and itchy skin
Hi,Thank you for your article. Does sunflower seed butter have the same levels of phosphorous in it as the kernel?

Not to confuse the issue of itchy skin. I found when my forehead itched, there were some products that had sodium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous in it to bring more alkalinity into the system. The phosphorous product had 95 mg taken up to 3 times a day. I started taking this amount of phosphorous through a less expensive means of capsules. And my itchy skin stopped itching. I used up the bottle and stopped taking the phosphorous capsules and now my itchy skin is back which brought me to your website.

So if one has too much phosphorous you can get itchy skin and if you don't have enough phosphorous you can get itchy skin? What do you think?

I thought I might try a natural source of phosphorous to stop the itching. I eat a lot of sunflower seed butter and my skin still itches but maybe I need to add rice bran which is higher in phosphorous.

Posted on 2013-03-29 15:41:01
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Sunflower seed butter and itchy skin
Hi Patricia thanks for your comments and questions. Can't comment on the effect of phosphorus and itchy skin, but sunflower seed butter is a good source of phosphorus. One ounce (2 tablespoons) will provide 186mg (19% DV) of phosphorus. One ounce of toasted sunflower seeds in contrast will provide a bit more with 324mg (32% DV). If you want to boost your phosphorus intake further, then spreading your sunflower seed butter on bran bread and sprinkling some bran and toasted wheat germ on top should help. Since absorption of phosphorus is less efficient from foods than supplements, you may have trouble getting the same amount of phosphorus as you got from the supplement. However, keep trying the natural way a bit longer and see if you can do it! Hope those thoughts help. Here are the complete nutrition facts for sunflower seed butter vs toasted sunflower seeds.
Posted on 2013-03-29 15:50:49
Name:Phyllis
Location:Trinidad
Subject:Fractured elbow
I recently had surgery on my elbow can I take extra phosphorous to help the healing process?
Posted on 2013-04-27 15:32:33
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Fractured elbow
Hi Phyllis, thanks for your question. The phosphorus in your blood will increase to promote bone healing. Eating more phosphorous rich foods is certainly important to ensure your body has enough phosphorous to heal your bones. Taking extra phosphorous may help speed the healing process, but it has not been well established. Here is an article on phosphorus and bone healing for more info.
Posted on 2013-04-28 04:32:46
Name:Jeri
Location:Ohio
Subject:Pain from high phosphorous?
My husband is a diabetic on insulin and currently on dialysis. He has been having pain in his hands, back, arms, everywhere. I found through his blood work that his phosphorous was elevated. Could this be the cause of the pain? The Dr. has prescribed a phosphate binder 3 times a day. Will this help?
Posted on 2013-05-10 17:49:11
Name:Gussie
Location:Yuma, AZ
Subject:Phosphorus after a kidney transplant
I had a kidney transplant 15 years ago and it is doing great. I found your article very helpful. I am having problems maintaining my electrolytes because I have adrenal insufficiency caused by taking prednison for so long. Thanks, Gussie.
Posted on 2013-06-04 18:03:39
Name:Gail Anthony
Location:Norfolk, VA
Subject:Kidney Failure
Your article was remiss in omitting that high phosphorus foods are a risk for people with kidney failure.
Posted on 2013-08-01 14:54:58
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Kidney Failure
Hi Gail, thanks for your comment. A note for people with kidney failure has been added to the warnings section.
Posted on 2013-08-02 10:35:20
Name:Lori
Location:Baltimore, MD
Subject:Phosphorus in grains
This Medline article says that the form of phosphorus in whole grains can't be absorbed by the human body. The best sources are raw milk, cheese, and meat from grass fed cows and goats.
Posted on 2013-09-30 09:29:11
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Phosphorus in grains
Hi Lori, thanks for bringing this to light. The medline article states: "Although whole-grain breads and cereals contain more phosphorus than cereals and breads made from refined flour, this is a storage form of phosphorus called phytin, which is not absorbed by humans." It seems what the article is saying is that whole grains are not better sources of phosphorus than refined grains. However, grains are still a good source of phosphorus, and both the Linus Pauling Institute, and the University of Maryland Medical Center list grains as a source of phosphorus. Yet, bran is probably not the best source of phosphorus, and this article has been revised to only add bran to the extended list of phosphorus rich foods, with a footnote regarding lack of absorption.
Posted on 2013-10-01 05:47:24
Name:JP
Location:Cape Town, SA
Subject:Moderate Kidney Disease
My Partner has been feeling very low in energy and had pain in his lower back. After a blood test we found out he has Moderate Kidney Disease. He's afraid of turning Diabetic (not in family history) and turning into a sour - no fun in life - person, by not eating and/drinking anything that is nice or fun. He said he also needs to get rid of the 'little tube', (over weight), that's been growing around his middle. After I read these articles and comments, I really think he's throwing out, the baby with the bath-water. Still, if possible can you please advise on what foods to avoid completely and what to dig into. I would really appreciate your help as he says - rather prevent kidney failure and/or becoming diabetic, than getting diagnosed with either! Thanks so much, so long. JP.
Posted on 2013-10-04 11:15:38
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Moderate Kidney Disease
Hi JP, thanks for your question, and glad the other comments were helpful. Living with Kidney disease does require some diet and lifestyle changes, but with the right attitude, it can be a way to try new foods, and different kinds of "fun" that does not need to involve alcohol etc...A specific Kidney disease diet is not in the scope of this site, but the National Kidney Foundation has a page on Kidney Disease Friendly Cooking which may help. Amazon also has some recipe books related to the condition. You can try use the nutrient ranking tool to find foods low in phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and sodium. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2013-10-05 04:38:42
Name:David Jones
Location:Tequesta, FL
Subject:Phosphorus Deficiency Causes
I have a new category of people who must be careful of depleting their phosphorus levels to dangerous levels - Long Distance Cyclists. I just experienced an excruciating trip to the hospital and half a day in the emergency room having my phosphorus count rebuilt. Most painful experience I ever had. Before yesterday, I did not know there is phosphorus in our bodies, let alone having any knowledge of how we replenish it and maintain it at safe levels. Thus my visit to your website. Very informative and keep up the good work - I have downloaded your article and intend to put it to good use immediately. Thanks for sharing - DJ
Posted on 2013-10-17 16:12:14
Name:Joan Tendler
Location:Wisconsin
Subject:Phytates limit phosphorus absorption
Thanks for the information, but I think it's important to know that the phosphorus in seeds, beans-including tofu- is also (like grains) in the form of phytates, so it's not absorbable. Sprouting and long soaking helps, but it's still limited.
Posted on 2014-01-15 19:46:12

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References

  1. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 25.
  2. Linus Pauling Institute on Phosphorus
  3. University of Maryland Medical Center Article on Phosphorus
  4. National Research Council, Food and Nutrition Board. Recommended Dietary Allowances. 10th ed. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press; 1989:184-187.
  5. Medline Plus article on Phosphorus in Diet