Pediatric Nutrition

Phosphorous-Rich Foods

Phosphorous is an important mineral found in many of the foods we eat. It works in tandem with calcium—another important mineral—to strengthen our bodies, especially our teeth and bones. Most people consume enough phosphorous in an average diet, but some conditions, such as certain kidney disorders, complications of diabetes, gastrointestinal malabsorption, may cause a deficiency in phosphorous. Some research has also shown that a person may suffer a depletion of phosphorous following a severe burn.

Perhaps your child's doctor has recommended adding phosphorous-rich foods to your child's diet. Following are some suggestions:

  • Bran cereals
  • Bran muffins
  • Cheese (except cottage cheese)
  • Chocolate
  • Cocoa
  • Dark breads
  • Oatmeal
  • Cornbread
  • Dried peas and beans
  • Milk
  • Ice cream
  • Milkshakes
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Organ meats
  • Tofu
  • Peanut butter
  • Colas
  • Pancakes and waffles
  • Brown rice