Favorite Swaps: Spaghetti Squash for Acorn Squash

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Hi Prenovaters,

Squash season is officially here. As you read through the delicious recipes and ingredient substitutions that involve winter squash, why not choose the best types for your kidney diet?

Acorn Squash topped our search engine list last week. Perhaps it is such a popular addition to rich sauces and pan-fried veggies because its sweet flavor offers a subtle contrast to those sometimes bitter foods. Yet, 1 serving (1 cup, chopped) would contribute nearly half of your daily potassium intake- not ideal for someone on a low-potassium kidney diet of about 2000 mg per day. 

Meanwhile, 1 serving (1 cup) of Spaghetti Squash qualifies as a low-potassium food, delivering less than 10% of that daily potassium limit. The next time you see an irresistible acorn squash recipe, try turning it into a more kidney-friendly faux pasta dish by subbing spaghetti squash for its higher-potassium cousin.

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Favorite Swaps: Rutabaga for Beets

Hi Prenovaters,

What's better than a beet salad in autumn? Perhaps, a more kidney-friendly alternative? For all you beet-lovers who are determined to stick to your chronic kidney disease diet this winter and fall, rutabagas could be your new best friend. 

While Beets deliver their savory flavor with high levels of antioxidants (vitamins A and C), they also carry a potassium punch. As little as one half-cup of cubed beets could provide more than 10% of your daily potassium if you are on a potassium-restricted diet. 

Meanwhile, Rutabagas deliver a similar texture in recipes, and one half cup qualifies as a low-potassium food without depriving you of the other nutrients your body needs.

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Favorite Swaps: Pumpkin for Sweet Potatoes

 


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Fall is here! Like clockwork, the usual bevy of sweet potato- or pumpkin-flavored food products will appear on our grocery shelves. And, many of these products will actually feature pumpkin or sweet potato as ingredients. 
Let's compare these two autumn classics to help you make the best eating decisions for your kidney diet.

The choice between Sweet Potatoes and Pumpkins is relatively simple when you compare the numbers. One cup of boiled Sweet Potatoes earns a much lower grade than the same serving of Pumpkin, largely thanks to the 200% higher content of sugar and potassium in sweet potatoes. Even if your kidney diet doesn't yet restrict potassium, pumpkin is a better choice because of its lower sugar content. 


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Favorite Swaps: Perch for Herring

Favorite Swaps: Perch for Herring

Hey There Prenovaters,

With summer winding down, you seem to be thinking more and more about cook-outs. At least, we're guessing that's why you've been searching the Food-Grading Engine for meat and fish more often in the last couple weeks.

In particular you searched for a low-potassium fish, Pickled Herring. Although 1 serving of this fish might match your potassium requirements, it probably has too much sodium to fit into your overall kidney guidelines.

For the record, most pickled and canned products have much more sodium than their fresh counterparts. Instead of pickled herring, try Grilled or Baked Perch. It qualifies as a low-potassium food, and even better, it has one fourth the sodium in pickled herring.



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Favorite Swaps: Hand-Tossed for Deep Dish Pizza

Favorite Swaps: Hand-Tossed for Deep Dish Pizza

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Hi Prenovaters,

With all the talk about performance-enhancing drug use in the Olympics, we thought we'd explore a different type of cheating: eating junk food. You read right- we're going to show you how to have the most awesome cheat day ever...and still not break your kidney diet. 

Pizza is always fairly high in our Food-Grading Engine searches. So, we compared a Domino's Pepperoni Deep Dish Crust pizza to a regular Domino's Cheese Hand-Tossed Crust. The Cheese hand-tossed pizza won by a head, and it's easy to see why. It's so much lower in three of the main nutrients you need to limit with kidney disease: sodium, potassium and protein.

This makes sense if you recall the standard rules we've discussed in the past:

1) Adding meat means more salt (sodium) and protein. 1 slice of deep dish pizza contains about 60% of your daily sodium limit. 1 slice of the cheese pizza is closer to 30%.

2) Adding more bread, cheese and tomato sauce (in a deep dish pizza) means more potassium. 

Who doesn't like comfort food? Making simple tweaks to your cheat meal will let you indulge without falling short of your daily kidney goals.


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