“Checklist” in catering food for haemodialysis friends:
Know your budget. If you have ample budget, you can have 2 menus, one for haemodialysis friends and another for healthy individuals
Check if the caterers provide healthy menu (lower in total fat, saturated fat, sodium, and sugar)
Ask for low salt (sodium) cooking as both dialysis and healthy individuals need low salt diet.
Opt for low sugar dessert like low sugar cake or mini cake, custard, or muffin.
Serve the beverages with small cup (100-150ml) can help our dialysis friends control their water intake. Plain water is the best option.
Remind our dialysis friends to bring their phosphate binder before attending the function and remind them to take together with their food for maintaining healthy bones.
Serve low potassium fruits and vegetables for haemodialysis patients as taking high potassium food will cause irregular heartbeat, weakness and shortness of breath to haemodialysis patients. You can refer to Potassium education leaflet from NKF website.
Avoid chocolate, nuts, milk and dairy products, fish roe, organ meats, dried prawn, dried fish and wholegrains products like brown rice, as these foods are high in phosphate and not suitable for haemodialysis patients. You can refer Phosphate education leaflet from NKF website for more information.