*The main aim of diet for nephrotic syndrome is to
compensate for protein loss by taking adequate amounts of
protein. However, excessive intake of protein should be
avoided as the kidneys may need to function more
vigorously to filter surplus protein. This can cause
tubular damage to the kidneys. Moderate protein intake
can definitely preserve renal functions. Foods such as
wheat, sprouts, legumes, eggs, lean meat, dry fish and
pulses are a rich source of proteins and must be included
in one's daily diet.
*Low fat diet should be consumed, as cholesterol levels
are already high in these patients. One must stay away
from saturated fats (margarine, cheese) and excess of
*Patients are often advised to restrict fluid intake.
Fluid restriction can help to maintain fluid balance of
the body. Fruits such as grapes, berries and watermelon
can help to quench thirst. Any food that is liquid at
room temperature is considered to be a fluid. People with
nephrotic syndrome should minimize the intake of milk,
water, soda, juice and other beverages, ice cubes, ice
cream, popsicles, gelatin, soups and puddings.
*Ensure that sodium content in diet is minimum; otherwise
it may cause fluid accumulation and lead to severe
*A diet that delivers normal amounts of protein, but is
low in cholesterol and saturated fat, is indeed an
effective therapy for Nephrotic syndrome.