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Favorite Swaps: Oat Bran Bagel for Oatmeal

Favorite Swaps: Oat Bran Bagel for Oatmeal

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With the Olympics underway, we can't help but notice the athlete-themed designs lining our breakfast cereal aisle. Like the classic Wheaties slogan, we want to help you find your "Breakfast of Champions"- one that is both nutritious and follows your chronic kidney disease diet. So, we compared to quick breakfast classics: oatmeal and a bagel.

Here's what we found. While Quaker Instant Oatmeal (with peaches) sounds like a healthy treat with oats and fruit, you might want to think again. Its oats are higher in potassium- taking you 20% closer to your daily potassium limit if you follow a strict potassium diet. As if that weren't enough, this quick meal features much more sodium and more free sugar (from peaches and peach syrup) which could be rough on your kidney diet and diabetic diet, respectively. A small
Oat Bran bagel, on the other hand, has much less potassium, sodium and sugar. Of course, this fried treat does contain more saturated fat than oatmeal...balance is the name of the game.

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

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.

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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.