Tomato paste is a delicious seasoning that most people enjoy. But can people with Kidney Failure use it? In the following, you can see some corresponding information.
Health benefits of using tomato paste for people with Kidney Failure
-Boost immune system
Though tomato paste does not contain as many antioxidants as the fresh tomatoes do, the process of making tomato paste makes some of the antioxidants in tomatoes more bioavailable. Antioxidants are compounds that scavenge free radicals in the body associated with disease, which can protect you from various diseases, such as cold and infection.
Due to kidney impairment, many people with Kidney Failure suffer from anemia.Tomato paste is a good source of iron. Per tablespoon features 5 mg iron. It helps with proper red blood cell function and improve anemia.
In addition, lycopene in tomato paste may help lower your risk of cancers by slowing the growth of cancer cells and activating enzymes that remove carcinogens from your body.
Disadvantages of using tomato paste for people with Kidney Failure
However, tomato paste is rich in potassium. Per tablespoon provides 162 mg of potassium. Sodium can cause high blood pressure and water retention. While potassium counters the effects of sodium. Therefore, in the early stage of Kidney Failure, proper intake of tomato paste is helpful for lowering blood pressure and alleviating swelling. But with the progression of Kidney Failure, you kidneys can not excrete the excess potassium from your body, you should limit the intake of tomato paste, because too much potassium building up in the body will lead to iriritability, abdominal cramps, muscle weakness, and even heart disease.
Whether you can eat tomato paste or not should depend on your own medical condition. You had better consult a dietitian and make an individualized diet plan.