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Phosphorus is a mineral that has many uses in the body. It is part of the bones, teeth, cells, and DNA. Phosphorus also helps move energy from one cell to another. The body needs a certain amount of phosphorus in the diet to function properly.
Your child’s medical team may ask you to increase or decrease foods high in phosphorus in your child’s diet. The best sources of phosphorus are meats, fish, beans, dairy products, and nuts. Phosphorus is sometimes added to food. Ready-to-eat foods, fast foods, canned foods, and pre-packaged foods all have phosphorus-based food additives.
The following are lists of high and low phosphorus foods. This can help you make good food choices for your child.
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Reviewed: September 2022