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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: 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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