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Favorite Swaps: Apple Juice for Coconut Water

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Happy Thursday, Prenovaters. Coconut Water is all the rage this summer- both on internet search results and in the Prenovate Food-Grading Engine. This refreshing juice poured from whole coconuts is lauded for its low-sugar and high-vitamin content. However, the same high potassium levels that make coconut water a healthful part of a general diet also make it a potential no-no for the strict renal diet. 

If your doctors and dietitians have told you to limit your potassium intake, you might want to fall back on an old faithful: 
Apple Juice. Although apples don't have the exotic reputation that coconuts have in North America, your kidneys will thank you for their lower potassium and sodium levels.

Check out the nutrition facts and other simple substitutes on Prenovate's Food-Grading Engine.

Favorite Swaps: Pineapple for Papaya

Favorite Swaps: Pineapple for Papaya

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Summer is finally here! And in the spirit of vacation, you Prenovaters seem to be favoriting lots of tropical fruits in the Food-Grading Engine. Your top favorite was the sweet, exotic papaya.

Papaya is low-sodium and is filled with nutrients, meeting 80% of your daily Vitamin C needs. But, its moderate level of potassium could interfere with a strict kidney diet. Instead, try a cup of raw Pineapple chunks. They'll offer you less potassium with a similar low-sodium/high-vitamin profile.

*Remember to eat fruit in moderation if you have diabetes. These sweet fruits with a high glycemic index might not be ideal for you. 



Check out the nutrition facts and other simple substitutes on Prenovate's Food-Grading Engine.

Favorite Swaps: Arizona for Lipton Iced Tea

Favorite Swaps: Arizona for Lipton Iced Tea

Although bottled Lipton Iced Tea  was a community favorite,  Arizona Iced Tea is a slightly better match for most kidney diets because it has less than half the potassium of Lipton. That being said, the added sugars in both brands mean that neither is an ideal choice- especially for people managing type 2 diabetes along with chronic kidney disease.