Whole-Food Low-Protein Plant-Based Nutrition to Prevent or Slow Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease

Whole-food, low-protein, plant-based diets can be both nutritionally adequate and provide benefit to treat patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) who desire to delay or avoid dialysis and maintain wellness. While the precise amount of protein should be determined with a registered dietitian, low protein is typically defined as 0.6-.75 g per kilogram of body weight or 0.3 g per kilogram of body weight with supplementation. Several explanations exist to describe the benefit of this approach. Furthermore, patients will likely adhere to this eating pattern if they have clear goals and beliefs that the prescribed diet may help them with their health.