I was surfing the net and happen to pass by this article about Omega 3 fatty acids. Being a kidney patient, I am always careful on what I eat, and try to follow my prescribed diet as best as I can. Having fish in them is a good choice, if not a must. It doesn’t only gives you the protein your body needs, but fortifies your heart and brain health as well. Another advantage for dialysis patients of substituting fish for beef or pork is that you could get a much bigger portion without as much by-product or waste.
It’s true that red meat offers a higher quality of protein than fish do. But for people who have malfunctioning kidneys, acquiring protein from a source that generates less waste after being broken down by the body could mean a lot. It doesn’t just helps you keep your Creatinine level checked, but it also lowers your Triglyceride level and reduces your risk from Heart Disease.
I, for one likes fish. Since time immemorial, fish courses was already a staple in our family table. The only difference, now that I’m suffering kidney failure and under dialysis treatment, is the way I prepare or eat them. Before that, fish in any form of preparation would do. May it be fried, dried, soured, sautéed or raw like sushi, I’ll eat it no matter what. But now is a different matter because of the factors to consider. My advice for my fellow patients is that it’s best that you’ll be the one to prepare the dish. That way, you could stick with your diet restrictions without sacrificing the taste of your food.But if you can’t cook, try to explain how would you want your fish done to the person who would do the cooking.
Among the fishes that are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids are Mackerel, lake Trout, Herring, Blue fin Tuna, Salmon, Albacore Tuna, and Sardines, to mention a few.
A word of advice for my fellow dialysis patients – always try to consult with your renal dietitian or nephrologist regarding your diet for the simple reason that every patient has unique dietary and nutritional needs. What’s good for others might be bad for you.
But all in all, fish is good for you. Let’s make fish a part of our diet and pave a way for a healthier life.