A Chronic Kidney Disease patient conducting Dialysis sent a message via the KidneyBuzz.com Facebook Page, "I have a question. I was told soda isn't good for a kidney patient because it will increase phosphorus levels. Is this true? I do not think I can live without a can of Coca-Cola."
In most cases, darker sodas such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi contain Phosphoric Acid which increases the level of phosphorus in sodas to an unsafe level for most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients. While patients were previously able to discern sodas with Phosphoric Acid by the darker color of the soda, this strategy is less reliable since Phosphoric Acid is now becoming more widely used to provide a tangy or sour taste in all sorts of bottled drinks (including some protein drinks, sparkling water and clear sodas). In the past citric acid (more expensive) was used to produce flavoring. Hence, these days you can find phosphorus in colas as well as non-cola sodas. That is why news of a soda option that is tailored for Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients is both exciting and necessary.
Zevia is a line of zero calorie, refreshing, and delicious beverages sweetened with the plant-based sweetener stevia. While Zevia is available in fourteen (14) flavors including Cola, it does not contain any Phosphoric Acid, "making Zevia a potentially ideal choice for anyone who is managing their phosphorus intake due to medical challenges, for example, those on Dialysis!," reported their website.
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Zevia also does not use artificial sweeteners, is all natural, gluten-free, Kosher, vegan, and does not have a caramel color or ANY colors. What's more, Zevia is reasonably priced (approximately $5.00 for a six-pack of sodas) and easily accessible for purchasing at most major grocery stores as well as online.
Of course, you should always consult your medical professionals when making dietary decisions. If you need more specific info about Zevia including calcium or potassium levels then complete the below form:
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