While most foods have some phosphorous, low phosphorus foods for people with kidney disease include rice milk, low fat or regular cream cheese, green beans and peas, and sherbet or frozen pops, according to Mayo Clinic. Additionally, foods such as lean beef, pork, poultry, lamb and fish are low in phosphorous.
Refined grains such as white bread, pasta and crackers are also good choices for a low phosphorous diet, states Mayo Clinic. Snack foods such as popcorn, ginger ale, lemon-lime soda and root beer are also considered acceptable on this diet. Many food manufacturers add phosphorous to foods and many additives contain phosphorus. Examples of additives that contain phosphorus are calcium phosphate, phosphoric acid, disodium phosphate, tricalcium phosphate and monopotassium phosphate. Avoid fast foods and convenience foods, as these types of foods contain high phosphorous levels.
It is difficult to lower phosphorous levels in the diet, explains Mayo Clinic. Medication that binds to phosphorus is available if needed. High phosphorous levels in the body due to improperly functioning kidneys is referred to as hyperphosphatemia. This condition causes a decrease in calcium levels, which can lead to bone disease. For this reason, a doctor may prescribe calcium supplements if required. Generally, 800 to 1,000 milligrams of phosphorus per day is recommended for adults with kidney disease.