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About Kidney Kitchen

Food often has deeper meaning to people beyond simply satisfying hunger.

Food is tied to culture, family tradition, social gatherings, and even sense of self. One of the greatest challenges of kidney disease, as you may know well, is having to change what you eat and drink. Though these changes require adjustments, kidney disease should not take the joy out of food and eating.


Navigate healthy eating with kidney disease — with the help of Kidney Kitchen.

The American Kidney Fund (AKF) recognizes the challenges individuals with kidney disease face as they adjust to a “new normal” which includes new eating, drinking and nutrition requirements. After receiving numerous questions, concerns, and stories from people with kidney disease about diet and nutrition, AKF created Kidney Kitchen® – a website dedicated to helping people with kidney disease navigate healthy eating. Kidney Kitchen focuses on what you can eat and drink, rather than what you cannot, because you should be empowered to make positive food and fluid choices without feeling burdened or discouraged.

In Kidney Kitchen, you can take a deep dive into what each nutrient means for people with kidney disease, and how much of these nutrients common foods contain. Learn what healthy eating means for people in every stage of kidney disease, including those on dialysis or living with a kidney transplant. Check out basic and practical cooking techniques, and even some kidney disease cooking hacks. And, try out all kinds of kidney-friendly recipes, watch cooking videos, and watch cooking videos or download our guides.

Before making any changes to your food or fluid plan, speak with a medical professional or dietitian

Kidney Kitchen is not designed to diagnose disease or prescribe an eating plan for your stage of kidney disease. The information shared on Kidney Kitchen is developed by experts in renal nutrition and is provided for informational purposes only. The American Kidney Fund, its staff, agents and Trustees are not able to provide medical advice. Please consult with a medical professional or registered dietitian for specific questions you may have about your diet.

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