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Potassium Chloride, a salt substitute, dangerous for patients with kidney problems

25 mayo, 2021

Not long ago we told you that, via the Bertus Blog, we had learned that an American company had managed to save the problem of the bad taste that is attributed to potassium chloride (KCl) as a salt substitute common (NaCl).

In addition, we echoed how these substitute salts were going to be beneficial for reduce sodium intake which is revealed as the main culprit of the hypertension and the consequent cardiovascular complications.

Well, our friend writes us Bertus to clarify some aspects about the use of this common salt substitute in patients with kidney problems, specifically in patients with dialysis treatments.

It seems that the topic has a queue in USA. Forums and the press discuss the statements of a specialist in diets for dialysis patients, Bonnie malinowski, which has made it clear that potassium consumption in patients with kidney problems can be fatal. The kidneys of these patients are unable to filter potassium and therefore should avoid it even in natural foods with high content such as bananas, tomatoes and potatoes.

Therefore, although the substitution of common salt (NaCl) for potassium chloride (KCl) is a good measure to reduce sodium intake in the diet, the inclusion of this salt in these products should be expressly indicated on the labelThus, kidney patients affected by this intolerance could avoid consuming them.

Transparency in labeling is always welcome. And in these cases: essential!

Via | The Bertus blog
Photo | Salt Pan, by dachalan on Flickr and Bertus
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