Sulfates in Lacto-Ovo Vegetarians

There is not much research on vegans and kidney disease, and the VeganHealth.org page on Vegetarian Diets for People with Kidney Disease is fairly bare bones; mostly links to resources for people with kidney disease who want to be vegetarian.

However, a report on lacto-ovo vegetarians that could be important for kidney disease was released in April, so I decided to add it to the page. The addition is short, so I’ve reproduced it here:

“A 2012 study on lacto-ovo vegetarians, without kidney disease, found the urine of vegetarians to have a 60% lower amount of two different sulfates that are thought to be toxic and are problematic for patients with kidney disease (1). The lower amounts were thought to be due to a combination of lower protein intake, higher fiber intake, and difference in bacteria in the digestive tract.”

Resource

1. Patel KP, Luo FJ, Plummer NS, Hostetter TH, Meyer TW. The Production of p-Cresol Sulfate and Indoxyl Sulfate in Vegetarians Versus Omnivores. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2012 Apr 5. [Epub ahead of print] Link

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