PHOSPHORUS Content of Foods

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Food NamePhosphorusCalories 
Milk, human1470
Milk9450
Milk, cow's, fluid, whole9160
Milk, cow's, fluid, whole, low-sodium8661
Milk, calcium fortified, cow's, fluid, whole9160
Milk, calcium fortified, cow's, fluid, 1% fat9542
Milk, calcium fortified, cow's, fluid, skim or nonfat10135
Milk, cow's, fluid, other than whole ("lowfat")9644
Milk, cow's, fluid, 2% fat9450
Milk, cow's, fluid, acidophilus, 1% fat9542
Milk, cow's, fluid, acidophilus, 2% fat9450
Milk, cow's, fluid, 1% fat9542
Milk, cow's, fluid, skim or nonfat, 0.5% or less butterfat10134
Milk, cow's, fluid, filled with vegetable oil9763
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  • Phosphorus (measured in milligrams) and calories are calculated per 100g of food.
  • This phosphorus content of foods database contains approximately 7,000 most common food items.
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Phosphorus in Diet

Phosphorus is a mineral that helps keep your bones healthy. It also helps keep blood vessels and muscles working. Phosphorus is found naturally in foods rich in protein, such as meat, poultry, fish, nuts, beans, and dairy products. Phosphorus is also added to many processed foods.

Function of Phosphorus

The main function of phosphorus is in the formation of bones and teeth. It plays an important role in the body's utilization of carbohydrates and fats and in the synthesis of protein for the growth, maintenance, and repair of cells and tissues. It is also crucial for the production of ATP, a molecule the body uses to store energy.
Phosphorus works with the B vitamins. It also assists in the contraction of muscles, in the functioning of kidneys, in maintaining the regularity of the heartbeat, and in nerve conduction.

Phosphorus Deficiency

There is generally no deficiency of phosphorus because it is so readily available in the food supply. Excessively high levels of phosphorus in the blood, although rare, can combine with calcium to form deposits in soft tissues such as muscle.

Phosphorus and Kidney Disease

When you have kidney disease, phosphorus can build up in your blood, making your bones thin, weak, and more likely to break. It can cause itchy skin, and bone and joint pain. Most people with CKD need to eat foods with less phosphorus than they are used to eating.Your health care provider may talk to you about taking a phosphate binder with meals to lower the amount of phosphorus in your blood.


Phosphorus and Hemodialysis

Phosphorus is found in many foods. If you have too much phosphorus in your blood, it pulls calcium from your bones. Losing calcium will make your bones weak and likely to break. Also, too much phosphorus may make your skin itch. Foods like milk and cheese, dried beans, peas, colas, nuts, and peanut butter are high in phosphorus. Usually, people on dialysis are limited to 1/2 cup of milk per day.

Phosphorus-Rich Dairy and Egg Dishes

Top 100 dairy and egg products high in phosphorus content. Phosphorus content is in milligrams per 100 grams of food weight.



Dairy and Egg Dishes Highest in Phosphorus Phosphorus

Whey, acid, dried 1349

KRAFT VELVEETA LIGHT Reduced Fat Pasteurized Process Cheese Product 1024

Milk, dry, nonfat, calcium reduced 1011

Milk, dry, nonfat, instant, without added vitamin A and vitamin D 985

Milk, dry, nonfat, instant, with added vitamin A and vitamin D 985

Milk, dry, nonfat, regular, with added vitamin A and vitamin D 968

Milk, dry, nonfat, regular, without added vitamin A and vitamin D 968

KRAFT CHEEZ WHIZ LIGHT Pasteurized Process Cheese Product 943

Milk, buttermilk, dried 933

Whey, sweet, dried 932

KRAFT FREE Singles American Nonfat Pasteurized Process Cheese Product 923

Egg, yolk, dried 920

Cheese spread, pasteurized process, American 875

KRAFT VELVEETA Pasteurized Process Cheese Spread 863

Cheese product, pasteurized process, American, vitamin D fortified 855

Egg, whole, dried 831

Cheese product, pasteurized process, American, reduced fat, fortified with vitamin D 829

KRAFT CHEEZ WHIZ Pasteurized Process Cheese Sauce 806

Milk, dry, whole, with added vitamin D 776

Milk, dry, whole, without added vitamin D 776

Cheese, pasteurized process, swiss 762

Cheese, romano 760

Cheese, pasteurized process, pimento 744

Cheese, parmesan, shredded 735

Cheese, parmesan, dry grated, reduced fat 729

Cheese, goat, hard type 729

Cheese, parmesan, grated 729

Egg, whole, dried, stabilized, glucose reduced 715

Parmesan cheese topping, fat free 700


Dairy and Egg Dishes Highest in Phosphorus Phosphorus

Protein supplement, milk based, Muscle Milk Light, powder 700

Cheese, parmesan, hard 694

Protein supplement, milk based, Muscle Milk, powder 643

Cheese, pasteurized process, American, fortified with vitamin D 641

Cheese, pasteurized process, American, without added vitamin D 641

Cheese, gruyere 605

Cheese, Mexican, blend, reduced fat 583

USDA Commodity, cheese, cheddar, reduced fat 583

Cheese substitute, mozzarella 583

Cheese, swiss 567

Cheese, gouda 546

Cheese, edam 536

Cheese food, pasteurized process, swiss 526

Cheese, mozzarella, part skim milk, low moisture 524

Cheese, cream, fat free 523

Cheese, cheddar 512

Cheese, tilsit 500

Cheese, provolone 496

Cheese, provolone, reduced fat 496

Cheese, caraway 490

Cheese, low fat, cheddar or colby 484

Cheese, low-sodium, cheddar or colby 484

Egg substitute, powder 478

Cheese, dry white, queso seco 475

Cheese, muenster 468

Cheese, white, queso blanco 467

Cheese, cheshire 464

Cheese, mozzarella, part skim milk 463

Cheese, colby 457

Egg Mix, USDA Commodity 451

Cheese, brick 451


Dairy and Egg Dishes High in Phosphorus Phosphorus

Cheese, monterey 444

Cheese, mexican, queso anejo 444

Cheese, gjetost 444

Cheese, mexican, queso asadero 443

Cheese, mexican, queso chihuahua 442

Cheese food, pasteurized process, American, vitamin D fortified 438

Cheese food, pasteurized process, American, without added vitamin D 438

Cheese, Mexican blend 438

Egg, yolk, raw, frozen, salted 431

Cream substitute, powdered 422

Egg, yolk, raw, frozen 417

Cheese, mozzarella, whole milk, low moisture 412

Cheese food, cold pack, american 400

Cheese, limburger 393

Cheese, roquefort 392

Egg, yolk, raw, fresh 390

Cheese, blue 387

Cheese, fresh, queso fresco 385

Egg, yolk, raw, frozen, sugared 384

Cheese, goat, semisoft type 375

Cheese, port de salut 360

Cheese, mozzarella, whole milk 354

Cheese, camembert 347

Cheese, fontina 346

Cheese, feta 337

Cheese fondue 306

Cheese, goat, soft type 256

Milk, canned, condensed, sweetened 253

Cheese sauce, prepared from recipe 229

Egg, quail, whole, fresh, raw 226

Egg, duck, whole, fresh, raw 220


Dairy and Egg Dishes High in Phosphorus Phosphorus

Egg, whole, cooked, fried 215

Egg, goose, whole, fresh, raw 208

Milk, canned, evaporated, with added vitamin A 203

Milk, canned, evaporated, without added vitamin A and vitamin D 203

Milk, canned, evaporated, with added vitamin D and without added vitamin A 203

Egg, whole, raw, frozen 202

Egg, whole, raw, fresh 198

Egg, whole, cooked, poached 197

Milk, canned, evaporated, nonfat, with added vitamin A and vitamin D 195

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