Foods high in phosphorus

The main function of phosphorus is in the formation of bones and teeth. It plays an important role in how the body uses carbohydrates and fats. It is also needed for the body to make protein for the growth, maintenance, and repair of cells and tissues. Phosphorus is so readily available in the food supply so deficiency is rare.

Foods High in Phosphorus

FoodAmount(mg)
Yogurt1 cup327
Skim milk1 cup250
Whole milk1 cup250
Cottage cheese0,5 cup150
American cheese1 oz130
Pork3 oz275
Hamburger3 oz165
Tuna3 oz162
Lobster3 oz125
Chicken3 oz120
Sunflower seeds0,5 cup319
Peanuts0,5 cup141
Pine nuts0,5 cup106
Peanut butter1 Tbsp61
Bran Flakes1 cup180
Shredded wheat2 large81
Whole-wheat bread1 cup52
Potato1 medium101
Corn0,5 cup73
Peas0,5 cup70
French fries0,5 cup61
Broccoli0,5 cup54

The above list does not include all foods high in phosphorus.  Portion size also plays a role in the amount of phosphorus you get from foods.  Consult your dietitian and doctor to provide specific recommendations based on your individual needs.

Recommended daily Phosphorus intake

AgePhosphorus
0 to 6 months100 milligrams per day (mg/day) *AI or Adequate Intake
7 to 12 months275 mg/day *AI or Adequate Intake
1 to 3 years460 mg/day
4 to 8 years500 mg/day
9 to 18 years1,250 mg
Adults700 mg/day
Pregnant or lactating women:
Younger than 18
1,250 mg/day
Pregnant or lactating women:
Older than 18
700 mg/day

Some Low Phosphorus Foods

Certain brands of Nondairy Creamers, Rice Milk (unenriched), Soy Milks
Cream Cheese, Sour Cream
Soda-Lemon-Lime, Grape, Strawberry, Cream Soda, Root Beer, Homemade Iced Tea, Homemade Lemonade, Hot Apple Cider, Cranberry Juice
Gelatin, Popsicles, Sherbet, Sorbet
Jellybeans, Fondant, Gumdrops, Hard Candy
Unsalted Popcorn or Pretzels
Sugar Cookies, Shortbread Cookies, Vanilla Wafers, Lemon Cake, White or Yellow Cake, Angel Food Cake
Jam, Jelly, Honey
Margarine, Butter
Corn or Rice Cereals, Refined Wheat Cereals
Cream of Wheat, Cream of Rice, Grits
French, Italian or White Bread
White Rice, Pasta, Couscous
Fresh or Fresh Frozen Meat, Fish and Poultry (compared to processed)
Fruits such as:  Apples, Berries, Grapes, Plums, Pineapple, Canned Pears, Peaches, Fruit Cocktail
Vegetables such as:  Green Beans, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Eggplant, Summer Squash, Bell Pepper, Cucumber, Lettuce, Onion, Radish