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Favorite Swaps: Rutabaga for Beets

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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: 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: Fruit Bars for Fruity Ice Cream

Favorite Swaps: Fruit Bars for Fruity Ice Cream

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Hi Prenovaters, hope you're enjoying your summers. Whether you're working or enjoying a vacation, we'll bet you've found a favorite food or drink to help you cool off. In fact, you all have shifted our Food-Grading Engine search results to frozen treats over the last couple weeks. Recently, Strawberry Ice Cream topped the charts.

Despite what we've taught you about the high phosphorus content in dairy-based foods, this smooth treat is relatively low in phosphorus and potassium. Still, if you're committed to a strict low-phosphorus diet, you might want to try
Frozen Juice Bars instead. A 100% juice bar will not only give you lower phosphorus, but also lower saturated fat and likely sugar

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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. 



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