Eating a varied plant-based diet containing foods such as Indian gooseberries, spinach and apples may provide protection against kidney disease, whereas foods such as white bread, french fries, and betel nuts may promote kidney cancer. Drug residues found in meat (especially veal) could be also be nephrotoxic.
Consumption of star fruit has been linked to acute renal failure. Additionally, natural compounds in licorice and turmeric may adversely affect one’s kidneys at high enough doses. For certain people, eating too many beets may increase risk of kidney stones.
One study recently linked total meat and processed meat consumption (see also here and here) to the risk of kidney cancer as well as many other forms of cancer. Poultry workers, who are exposed to poultry viruses at a higher rate than the general population, also had higher kidney disease rates. Advanced Glycation End-Products (AGEs), found mostly in chicken and pork, are another potential cause of kidney problems. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, but can be prevented, treated, and even in some cases reversed with a plant-based diet.
Topic summary contributed by a volunteer.
To help out on the site, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch videos about kidney health
January 12, 2012
Amla Versus Cancer Cell Growth
Indian gooseberries (amla), an important plant in Ayurvedic medicine, may have anti-cancer properties, as well as cough-, fever-, pain-, stress-, and diarrhea-suppressing effects.
December 28, 2011
Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) in our diet are thought to accelerate the aging process.
December 21, 2010
Is Licorice Good For You?
The safe upper limit of licorice consumption and why pregnant women may be at particularly high risk.
December 8, 2010
October 18, 2010
Drug Residues in Meat
The U.S. Inspector General cites the USDA for failing to safeguard the meat supply from drug residues.
October 1, 2010
Statin Muscle Toxicity
Video updated 3/5/2012 to reflect new FDA warning labels citing risks of confusion, memory loss, new onset diabetes and muscle injury. Even people who don't experience pain or weakness on..
November 16, 2009
Muscle Tremors & Diet
Essential tremor, one of the most common neurological conditions, appears to be linked to meat consumption.
November 9, 2009
#1 Anticancer Vegetable
There are two superfood classes of vegetables most adept at blocking human cancer cell growth in a petri dish.