Did you know?
The starfruit may be cute, but it can pack a mean punch. Starfruit (Averrhoa carambola) is a popular tropical fruit in numerous countries of Asia and South America, and is increasingly found in Western countries as well.
This fruit contains an unidentified substance which may act as a neurotoxin in people with renal failure. Case studies describe patients with ESRD or advanced chronic kidney disease developing neurologic symptoms ranging from hiccups to seizures to coma or even death after ingesting as little as one starfruit. Be aware that this fruit could be very harmful to people with reduced kidney function.
Instead of starfruit, consider these other healthy fruit options for people with kidney disease:
- Red Grapes