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    soy milk or almond milk

    Does anyone know which is best for a stage 3 diet. My Dr. had said I should replace 2% milk with skim milk or soy mik. I tried both not liking either. I wondered about almond milk as it has less protein. , ____________________________________________ Ann dianosed April 2010 Stage 3 Non Diabetic

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    Re: soy milk or almond milk

    I would take a look at the nutrition information on the package (protein, phosphorous, etc), and then bring that information to your doc.

    As long as you are staying within your recommended daily amounts of nutrients, you should be O.K. As always, I would suggest double checking with your health care team.
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    Re: soy milk or almond milk

    Has your doctor restricted your phosphorus intake? Soy milk and cow's milk are both relatively high in phosphorus. Cow's milk is the same whether 2% or skim -- the difference is in the caloric value, not the phosphorus content. Unenriched rice milk or almond milk would be the best choices for a lower phosphorus beverage, with rice milk (unenriched) being the lowest in phosphorus.

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    Re: soy milk or almond milk

    Hi Ann, I tasted almond milk for the first time today. It's too sweet for me but would be great in coffee.

    I cup almond milk=
    150 mg. sodium
    350 mg. potassium
    6% phosphorus

    The sodium is higher than 2% which is 120mg. The potassium in a cup of almond milk is considered to be in the high catagory.
    I agree with Annie's advice to compare nutritional info. and ask your Dr. or dietician what milk is best for you.
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    Re: soy milk or almond milk

    I appreciate your responds, this helps me with my list of questions to my DR. at my next visit. He did not mention phosplorus or potassium to me.. Not using 2% milk is more for controling my cholesterol. I am on a low sodium & low protein diet. I liked the taste of the almond milk over the soy milk. I wish our store offered quart size though as I only use it on my cereal. I haven't tried cooking with it. I am new at this and learning as I go. I have learned so much reading the post on this site..I love the non dialysis receipes that Davita offers. I thought it would be much harder to give up all the foods I love, The use of spices in the recepies I have tried have really made a difference. Today we had the Crab Cakes, they where soooo good.

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    Post Re: soy milk or almond milk

    You could ask you doctor about Rice milk. It is lower in Phosphorous. You might even be able to do half whole/2% milk and half rice milk.

    This was recommended for my husband.

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    Re: soy milk or almond milk

    I have not been able to find rice milk. I live in a small town with limited choices.. I ask my Dr. about Almond milk and he didn't know what it was. I am taking him infornation next visit. Which is next month for labs and etc. They have a dark chocolate milk that looks so good but feel sure that wouldn't be a good thing. My Dr. says if it taste good that it isn't good for you.. That does seem to be true.. I haven't tried going out to eat just don't know what would be OK.. Thanks for the response I appreciate all the input I can get. This forum is very helpful. Thanks again to all of you, Ann
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    Re: soy milk or almond milk

    I am in Stage 5 Renal failure and have been using the vanilla Rice Milk, which is pretty good. My Nutritionist mentioned to em the other day to use Almond Milk and they have come out with a new chocolate flavor which she also recommended. Since I have to stay away from dairy products, this is the way I am going. I also keep it down to a half a cup versus a whole cup since it cuts everything in half.

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    Re: soy milk or almond milk

    Hi Ann, I don't know your specific diet restrictions, but theres something to be said about eating things in moderation. I go out to eat occasionally and I'm a little more careful about what I order, then the rest of the day I'm a good girl. Have you seen a dietician? If not it's a good idea to. You'll get the help you need in making good food choices that are right for your specific needs. I am stage 3, non diabetic as you. I have high bp and I'm trying to lose a few pounds. I do not find the restrictions are difficult at all. But prior to seeing a dietician I was lost and didn't know how much of what I should be eating. I was given multiple handouts with nutrient information on sodium, potassium and calories along with lists and lists of food to choose from. The lists also included many fast food restaurants and nutrient info. Seeing a dietician certainly took the guess work out of eating and made life much easier.

    I want to add that we all have different requirements for eating. What works for one person may not be right for another. Always follow the advice of you health care team.

    Good luck with this, Toni
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    Re: soy milk or almond milk

    Hi Tonia, There doesn't seem to be a renal dietician in this area, I checked with the local hospital and they only have dieticians for heart and diabetes. I ordered a book 10 step diet & lifestyle plan for healthier kidneys to avoid dialysis written by Nina Kolbe a broad certified specialist in renal nutrition. This has been a great help for me. My Dr. says I should follow a low sodium & low protein diet. That I don't need to be concerned about phosphorus or potassium yet..I have my BP under control now and have lost 20 lbs since I found out I have CKD. I am doing as my DR. said and avoiding beef and pork, I contribute my low BP to this. I must say that fish and chicken are getting really boring..but much better than going on dialysis as that scares the hell out of me. I would like to go out for a meal but just not sure about it and what would be a good thing. Living in Kentucky now has its limitations as the locals eat a LOT of fast food and everything fried.You guessed it I am not from here. When you go out what kind of choices do you make? My DR. says I can have veggie pizza occasionally, which I have done and didn't seem to hurt my GFR numbers any. Have a blessed day. Ann
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