Learning About Low-Phosphorus Foods

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What foods are low in phosphorus?

The foods you eat contain nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals. Phosphorus is a nutrient. Your body needs the right amount to stay healthy and work as it should. You can use the list below to help you make choices about which foods to eat.

Here are some foods that are low in phosphorus. These foods have less than 50 mg per serving.


  • Most types of fruit, 1 piece or ½ cup


  • Carrots, ½ cup
  • Greens (not spinach), ½ cup
  • Green beans, ½ cup
  • Tomato, 1 medium


  • Bread (white), 1 slice
  • Cereals (rice or corn), 1 cup
  • Cream of wheat or grits, ½ cup
  • Pasta or noodles (made with white flour and without egg yolks), ½ cup
  • Popcorn (air-popped), 1 cup
  • Pretzels, 1 oz
  • Rice (white), ½ cup

Dairy and dairy alternatives

  • Cream cheese, 1 oz
  • Almond milk, 1 cup

Protein foods

  • Egg whites, 2 whites or ¼ cup


  • Coffee (brewed), 6 oz
  • Fruit juices, ½ cup
  • Ginger ale, root beer, or lemon-lime soda pop, 12 oz
  • Tea (brewed), 6 oz

Work with your doctor to find out how much of this nutrient you need. Depending on your health, you may need more or less of it in your diet.

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