National Coffee Day is Sept 29th. Do you love coffee? Do you have Diabetes or CKD? You may think you can’t have coffee. You can still love your coffee, with some very careful choices.
- If you have Heart Disease or HTN, use De-Caff instead of caffeinated coffee.
- If you have high cholesterol levels, or Heart Disease choose low-fat milk or creamer.
- If you have Diabetes choose a sugar-free non-dairy creamer. A cinnamon stick adds a lovely sweet flavor and in some studies shows that it helps lower blood sugar. Don’t add sugar to your coffee, use a sugar substitute if you must. Milk due to the carbohydrates in it may raise your blood sugar levels.
- If you have CKD use one of the milk substitutes such as rice milk, soy milk, almond milk or non-dairy creamer options. These will be lower in Phosphorus than milk options. They do still have Phosphorus in them. If you can find one without Phos in the ingredients those are the best choices. Use these wisely, and don’t overdo. It is very easy to get too much Phosphorus because it is not quantified on labels.
- Remember to always go by guidelines given to you by your doctor or Dietitian. Some of these products may still have Sodium, Potassium, and Protein. Using milk products will definitely have Phosphorus, Sodium, Potassium, and Protein.
- If you are stage 4 or 5 CKD, some of these options may be off your list altogether. Plus you may be on fluid restrictions. Speak to your Dietititan to be sure it is safe for you to have coffee.
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