• High-Potassium Diet

    What Is Potassium?

    Potassium is a mineral found in many different foods, including whole grains, fruits, vegetables, milk, dried beans, and peas. Potassium helps maintain normal blood pressure and also helps muscles, including the heart, to contract properly.

    Why Follow a High-Potassium Diet?

    When combined with a low-sodium diet, a diet high in potassium may help lower high blood pressure . This can help lower the risk of stroke and other complications of high blood pressure. If you have kidney problems, you should not follow a high-potassium diet. Talk to your doctor before changing your diet.

    Food Choices on a High-Potassium Diet

    The below chart shows the healthy foods that are highest in potassium in each food category. If you are eating a high potassium diet to help lower your blood pressure, choose foods from this list. You should also follow a low-sodium or heart-healthy diet .
    Food Category Food High in Potassium
    Grains
    • Bran muffin
    • Cereal
    • Granola or muesli with fruit and/or nuts
    • Wheat germ
    Vegetables
    • Artichokes
    • Avocados
    • Beets, beet greens
    • Broccoli
    • Brussels sprouts
    • Kale
    • Kohlrabi
    • Mushrooms
    • Parsnips
    • Potatoes
    • Rutabaga
    • Spinach
    • Sweet potato
    • Swiss chard
    • Tomatoes
    • Tomato or vegetable juice
    • Winter squash
    • Zucchini
    Fruits
    • Apricots
    • Banana
    • Cantaloupe
    • Dates
    • Dried figs
    • Grapefruit juice
    • Honeydew melon
    • Kiwi
    • Mango
    • Nectarine
    • Orange
    • Papaya
    • Pear
    • Pomegranate, pomegranate juice
    • Pumpkin
    • Prunes, prune juice
    • Raisins
    Milk
    • Buttermilk
    • Low-fat chocolate milk
    • Milk
    • Soy milk
    • Yogurt
    Meats and Beans
    • Beans, baked and lima
    • Chicken
    • Clams
    • Crab
    • Fish
    • Lean ground beef
    • Nuts (almonds, Brazil, cashew, hazelnuts, mixed peanuts)
    • Pistachios
    • Peanut butter
    • Pork
    • Roast beef
    • Seeds (sunflower, pumpkin)
    • Turkey
    Fats and Oils
    • Avocado
    • Nuts and nut butters

    Suggestions

    • Eat a diet rich in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. These foods tend to be naturally high in potassium, in addition to being loaded with other important vitamins and minerals.
    • Work with a dietitian to develop an individualized eating plan.

    RESOURCES

    American Dietetic Association http://www.eatright.org/

    Nutrition.gov http://www.nutrition.org/

    CANADIAN RESOURCES

    Dietitians of Canada http://www.dietitians.ca/

    Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada http://ww2.heartandstroke.ca/splash/

    References

    American Dietetic Association. Nutrition Care Manual website. Available at: http://www.nutritioncaremanual.org . Accessed January 20, 2010.

    National Lung, Heart, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/ . Accessed January 20, 2010.

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