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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 makes up 1% of a person's total body weight. It is present in every cell of the body, but most of the phosphorus in the body is found in the bones and teeth.

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.

Having too much phosphorus in the body is actually more common than having too little. Too much phosphorus is generally caused by kidney disease or by consuming too much dietary phosphorus and not enough dietary calcium. Several studies suggest that higher intakes of phosphorus are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. As the amount of phosphorus you eat rises, so does the need for calcium. The balance between calcium and phosphorus is necessary for proper bone density and prevention of osteoporosis.

Phosphorus and Kidney Disease

High levels of phosphorus in blood only occur in people with severe kidney disease or severe dysfunction of their calcium regulation. The kidneys help regulate the level of phosphorus in your blood. If your kidney function is impaired, eventually you'll likely have elevated phosphorus levels. In turn, the elevated phosphorus decreases the level of calcium in your blood, which can lead to bone disease. Advanced kidney disease patients have a list of foods they know to avoid because they naturally contain a high level of the mineral phosphorus, which is difficult for their compromised kidneys to expel. In general, 800 to 1,000 milligrams (mg) of phosphorus a day is the limit for someone who has kidney disease. Most healthy adults may eat double this amount.


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 Food Sources

The main food sources are the protein food groups of meat and milk. A meal plan that provides adequate amounts of calcium and protein also provides an adequate amount of phosphorus.
Although whole-grain breads and cereals contain more phosphorus than cereals and breads made from refined flour, this is a storage form of phosphorus called phytin, which is not absorbed by humans.
Fruits and vegetables contain only small amounts of phosphorus.

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Phosphorus Rich Foods

List of top 100 foods high in phosphorus. Phosphorus content is in milligrams per 100 grams of food weight.



Food Name Phosphorus

Leavening agents, baking powder, double-acting, straight phosphate 9918

Leavening agents, baking powder, low-sodium 6869

Puddings, all flavors except chocolate, low calorie, instant, dry mix 2368

Leavening agents, baking powder, double-acting, sodium aluminum sulfate 2191

Seeds, cottonseed meal, partially defatted (glandless) 1684

Rice bran, crude 1677

Puddings, chocolate flavor, low calorie, instant, dry mix 1660

Cocoa mix, with aspartame, low calorie, powder, with added calcium phosphorus, without added 1630

sodium or vitamin A

Seeds, cottonseed flour, partially defatted (glandless) 1597

Seeds, cottonseed flour, low fat (glandless) 1587

Lemonade, low calorie, with aspartame, powder 1554

Smelt, dried (Alaska Native) 1400

Whey, acid, dried 1349

Cereals ready-to-eat, QUAKER, KRETSCHMER Toasted Wheat Bran 1314

Gelatin desserts, dry mix, reduced calorie, with aspartame 1293

Gelatin desserts, dry mix, reduced calorie, with aspartame, no added sodium 1293

Fruit-flavored drink, dry powdered mix, low calorie, with aspartame 1239

Seeds, pumpkin and squash seed kernels, dried 1233

Seeds, pumpkin and squash seed kernels, roasted, with salt added 1174

Seeds, pumpkin and squash seed kernels, roasted, without salt 1174

Seeds, sunflower seed kernels, toasted, without salt 1158

Seeds, sunflower seed kernels, toasted, with salt added 1158

Seeds, sunflower seed kernels, dry roasted, without salt 1155

Seeds, sunflower seed kernels, dry roasted, with salt added 1155

Cereals ready-to-eat, KELLOGG, KELLOGG'S ALL-BRAN Original 1150

Cereals ready-to-eat, wheat germ, toasted, plain 1146

Seeds, sunflower seed kernels, oil roasted, with salt added 1139

Seeds, sunflower seed kernels, oil roasted, without salt 1139


Phosphorus Rich Foods Phosphorus

Cereals ready-to-eat, QUAKER, KRETSCHMER Wheat Germ, Regular 1130

Fish, whitefish, dried (Alaska Native) 1040

KRAFT VELVEETA LIGHT Reduced Fat Pasteurized Process Cheese Product 1024

Wheat bran, crude 1013

Milk, dry, nonfat, calcium reduced 1011

Cereals ready-to-eat, QUAKER, KRETSCHMER Honey Crunch Wheat Germ 1011

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

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

Steelhead trout, dried, flesh (Shoshone Bannock) 976

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

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

Fish, cod, Atlantic, dried and salted 950

KRAFT CHEEZ WHIZ LIGHT Pasteurized Process Cheese Product 943

Cheese, pasteurized process, cheddar or American, fat-free 936

Milk, buttermilk, dried 933

Whey, sweet, dried 932

KRAFT FREE Singles American Nonfat Pasteurized Process Cheese Product 923

Egg, yolk, dried 920

Pancakes, buckwheat, dry mix, incomplete 913

Cereals ready-to-eat, KELLOGG, KELLOGG'S ALL-BRAN WITH EXTRA FIBER 900

Dairy drink mix, chocolate, reduced calorie, with low-calorie sweeteners, powder 893

Cocoa mix, no sugar added, powder 893

Cheese spread, pasteurized process, American 875

Spices, poppy seed 870

KRAFT VELVEETA Pasteurized Process Cheese Spread 863

Soy protein isolate, PROTEIN TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL, SUPRO 862

Seeds, chia seeds, dried 860

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

Wheat germ, crude 842

Soy protein concentrate, crude protein basis (N x 6.25), produced by acid wash 839

Soy protein concentrate, produced by acid wash 839


Phosphorus Rich Foods Phosphorus

Soy protein concentrate, produced by alcohol extraction 839

Egg, whole, dried 831

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

Cheese product, pasteurized process, cheddar, reduced fat 829

Spices, mustard seed, ground 828

Cheese, pasteurized process, American, low fat 827

Cheese, pasteurized process, swiss, low fat 827

Cereals ready-to-eat, WAFFELOS 815

Cereals ready-to-eat, POST, 100% Bran Cereal 813

Seeds, sesame flour, partially defatted 810

Fish, herring eggs, Pacific, dry (Alaska Native) 808

Seeds, sesame flour, high-fat 807

Cheese, parmesan, low sodium 807

KRAFT CHEEZ WHIZ Pasteurized Process Cheese Sauce 806

Puddings, banana, dry mix, instant 804

Cornmeal, self-rising, bolted, plain, enriched, yellow 804

Puddings, banana, dry mix, instant, with added oil 804

Cornmeal, self-rising, bolted, plain, enriched, white 804

Soy protein isolate, PROTEIN TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL, ProPlus 800

Seeds, cottonseed kernels, roasted (glandless) 800

Seeds, sesame butter, tahini, type of kernels unspecified 790

Seeds, sesame butter, tahini, from unroasted kernels (non-chemically removed seed coat) 790

Formulated bar, LUNA BAR, NUTZ OVER CHOCOLATE 785

Seal, bearded (Oogruk), meat, dried (Alaska Native) 784

Pancakes, whole-wheat, dry mix, incomplete 782

Soy protein isolate 776

Soy protein isolate, potassium type 776

Milk, dry, whole, with added vitamin D 776

Soy protein isolate, potassium type, crude protein basis 776

Milk, dry, whole, without added vitamin D 776

Seeds, sesame meal, partially defatted 774


Phosphorus Rich Foods Phosphorus

Seeds, sesame seed kernels, toasted, with salt added (decorticated) 774

Seeds, sesame seed kernels, toasted, without salt added (decorticated) 774

Cheese, pasteurized process, swiss 762

Peanut flour, defatted 760

Cheese, romano 760

Cocoa, dry powder, hi-fat or breakfast, plain 758

Cocoa, dry powder, hi-fat or breakfast, processed with alkali 758

Seeds, sesame flour, low-fat 757

Seeds, watermelon seed kernels, dried 755

Seeds, sesame butter, tahini, from raw and stone ground kernels 752

Puddings, lemon, dry mix, instant 752

Phosphorus Content of Fresh Fruits

Phosphorus contents are in milligrams per 100 grams of fruit weight. All fruits are raw, uncooked.



Phosphorus (mg)
Fresh Fruits (100 g)

113
Tamarinds

68
Passion-fruit, (granadilla), purple

59
Currants, european black

54
Avocados, California

52
Avocados, all commercial varieties

52
Rowal

47
Abiyuch

44
Currants, red and white

40
Groundcherries, (cape-gooseberries or poha)

40
Guavas, common

40
Avocados, Florida

39
Durian or frozen

39
Elderberries

38
Mulberries

37
Roselle

36
Pomegranates

34
Plantains

34
Kiwifruit, green

32
Sugar-apples, (sweetsop)

31
Litchis

30
Breadfruit

29
Kiwifruit, gold

29
Raspberries

27
Gooseberries

27
Loquats

27
Soursop

27
Guavas, strawberry

26
Cherimoya

26
Nectarines


Phosphorus (mg)
Fresh Fruits (100 g)

26
Persimmons, native

26
Sapote, mamey

25
Passion-fruit juice, yellow

24
Grapes, muscadine

24
Prickly pears

24
Strawberries

23
Jujube

23
Apricots

23
Oranges, navels

22
Blackberries

22
Bananas

22
Oranges, with peel

21
Longans

21
Cherries, sweet

21
Custard-apple, (bullock's-heart)

21
Orange peel

21
Clementines

21
Jackfruit

20
Grapes, red or green (European type, such as Thompson seedless)

20
Tangerines, (mandarin oranges)

20
Peaches

19
Feijoa

19
Kumquats

18
Grapefruit, pink and red, all areas

18
Limes

17
Persimmons, japanese

17
Oranges, California, valencias

17
Orange juice

17
Java-plum, (jambolan)

17
Quinces

17
Pummelo


Phosphorus (mg)
Fresh Fruits (100 g)

16
Lemons, without peel

16
Plums

15
Crabapples

15
Melons, cantaloupe

15
Grapefruit juice, white

15
Grapefruit juice, pink

15
Cherries, sour, red

14
Figs

14
Rhubarb

14
Lime juice

14
Mangos

14
Tangerine juice

14
Oranges, all commercial varieties

13
Passion-fruit juice, purple

13
Cranberries

12
Lemon peel

12
Grapefruit, white, California

12
Grapefruit, pink and red, California and Arizona

12
Sapodilla

12
Blueberries

12
Oranges, Florida

12
Carambola, (starfruit)

12
Pears

11
Apples, with skin

11
Apples, without skin

11
Pears, bartlett

11
Pears, asian

11
Watermelon

11
Pitanga, (surinam-cherry)

11
Mammy-apple, (mamey)

11
Melons, honeydew


Phosphorus (mg)
Fresh Fruits (100 g)

11
Acerola, (west indian cherry)

10
Papayas

10
Grapes, american type (slip skin)

10
Apples, golden delicious, with skin

10
Oheloberries

9
Acerola juice

9
Pineapple, traditional varieties

9
Grapefruit, pink and red, Florida

8
Rose-apples

8
Pineapple, all varieties

8
Lemon juice

8
Pineapple, extra sweet variety

8
Apples, without skin, cooked, microwave

8
Apples, without skin, cooked, boiled

8
Grapefruit, white, all areas

8
Grapefruit, pink and red and white, all areas

7
Carissa, (natal-plum)

7
Grapefruit, white, Florida

5
Melons, casaba

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