Do You Have A List Of Low Potassium Foods To Eat?


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Monica Stott Profile
Monica Stott answered
Yes, here are the low potassium foods to eat in order of their potassium content in milligrams (mg):

A half cup of mandarin oranges- 98mg

Ten small grapes- 93mg

A half cup of cucumber slices- 88mg

A cup of iceberg lettuce- 87mg

A half cup of frozen green beans- 85mg

An ounce of American cheese-79mg

A half cup of sweetened applesauce- 78mg

A half cup of fresh blueberries- 63mg

An egg- 55mg

Cheddar cheese- 28mg

Armed with the list of low potassium content foods to eat, maybe it is time we get to know the meaning of potassium.  Potassium is a mineral just like calcium, sodium, etc, that is found in most foods. It is a very important mineral needed to maintain a healthy body system. It balances the fluids and minerals in the body and also helps to lower the blood pressure and thus decrease the risk of having a stroke. 

Without the right amount of potassium in your system, you will feel weak, your bowels may stop working and your heart may beat fast and irregular. This is a medical condition called hyperkalemia, which indicates high content of potassium in the blood. Hyperkalemia results in high blood pressure and irregular heart beat. When this is the case, you will need to go on a low potassium diet to lower the risk which in most cases is severe muscle weakness and paralysis.

How much potassium do you need to correct this?

Generally, experts advise eating foods that contain about 4700mg of potassium in a day. But if you are suffering from chronic kidney disease, you should eat less than that, at most, 2700mg of potassium in a day. Cutting down on the in-take of potassium can be hard considering that it is present in almost every food we eat. Therefore you must pay attention to eating only foods that has a low concentration of potassium whenever possible.

Note: If you have this medical condition, it is always recommended that you visit your physician to help you know what will be best for your condition.

Potassium is crucial to health due to its importance in maintaining the proper function of cells, tissues and organs. Almost all types of food contain some amount of potassium, therefore if for health reasons you need to cut down on potassium, it is important to know the sort of quantities of potassium you ought to be consuming on a daily basis. For iexample, someone suffering from chronic kidney disease should make sure they are not eating much more than fifteen hundred to two thousand seven hundred milligrams of potassium a day. Because of this, the quantity of the food is often the most important thing in considering whether or not they can be considered as low potassium foods. In terms of general food, a single portion of these can be interpreted as low potassium foods. It should be noted that a 'portion' is equal to about half a cup of the food. More than one cup's worth of these foods will count them as a high potassium food. General Food: Bread (and other bread products), Pasta, Noodles, Tea (although no more than sixteen ounces of it), coffee (although a maximum of eight ounces of it), pies (as long as they do not contain other high potassium foods or chocolate), cake (if its angel or yellow), cereal (for example, Weetabix, cornflakes) Vegetables: Brussels sprouts, rhubarb, radish, cucumber, green peas, celery (one stalk only), eggplant, peppers, onions, parsley, alfalfa sprouts, asparagus (but only six spears in one portion), okra, corn (if fresh only half an ear, if frozen then only half a cup in one portion), kale, mixed vegetables, leached potatoes, beans (wax or green), cabbage (both red and green varieties), canned chestnuts, carrots (cooked). Fruit: Watermelon (but only one cup's worth), apple (one medium, or in juice or sauce), apricots (canned, in juice), blackberries, blueberries, cherries, tangerine (one whole), strawberries, raspberries, pineapple (juice), peaches (if fresh then one small one, if canned then only half a cup's worth), mandarin oranges, grapefruit (half of a whole one), fruit cocktail, cranberries, pears (if fresh then one small, if canned then half a cup's worth) s
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Anonymous answered
These are all low potassium diets >>>> Fruits >>>
Applesauce - 1/2 cup
Blackberries - 1/2 cup
Blueberries - 1 cup
Grapes - 1/2 cup
Grapefruit - 1/2 cup
Pears, canned - 1/2 cup
Pineapple - 1/2 cup
Plums, canned - 1/2 cup
Raspberries - 1/2 cup
Rhubarb, cooked - 1/2 cup
Strawberries - 1/2 cup
Tangerines - 1
Watermelon - 1/2 cup

Apple - 1/2 cup
Cranberry - 1 cup
Grape - 1 cup
Hi-C and other fruit drinks - 1 cup
Kool-Aid - 1 cup
Lemonade and limeade - 1 cup
Peach nectar - 1/2 cup
Tang - 1 cup

Asparagus - 4 spears
Beans, green and waxed - 1/2 cup
Bean sprouts - 1/2 cup
Cabbage - 1/2 cup
Cauliflower - 1/2 cup
Corn - 1/2 cup
Cucumber - 1/2 cup
Lettuce - 1 cup
Okra - 3 pods
Onions - 1/2 cup
Peas - 1/2 cup
Radishes - 5
Rutabagas - 1/2 cup
Summer squash - 1/2 cup
Turnips - 1/2 cup
Water chestnuts - 4
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Can you please list the meats & types of fish that should be avoided for someone that has high potassium levels....thank you so much!!!!!
Gail Licordare Profile
Gail Licordare answered
These foods contain potassium

Bamboo shoots
Brussels sprouts
Beans (black, kidney, lentil, lima, soy)
Low-fat or nonfat plain yogurt
Pinto beans
Soy beans
Turnip greens
Tomato juice
Vegetable juice
White beans
Dried apricots
Sweet potatoes
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Anonymous answered
Low potassium foods to eat
ML Sensing Profile
ML Sensing answered
Potassium gets low from several factors, including muscle overuse,excessive sweating or anything that draws excessive fluids from the body. Foods rich in potassium include: Fruit(bananas, cantaloupe, papaya),lentils(limas, pinto beans),winter squash and yams.These are just a few foods, there is a lot more info on this website: Hope this helps!
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Anonymous answered
Hi there I'm just new to this site and would like to ask is low potassium dangerous and what could I do to to change it many thanks agnes de akin
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Anonymous answered
My husband's potassium level is too high & he must stay away from foods that are high in potassium for 2 weeks to bring level down to normal. What can I cook to accomplish this doctor's order? Please help. Thank you.
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Anonymous answered
I read your answered on this page but in another web page, that say that a person with a high level of potassium can eat strawberries and you guys say that contains potassium, my daugther have a high level of potassium can that her strawberries or not?
Yasir swati Profile
Yasir swati answered
Our society is getting more overweight as each year passes. This fact alone should tell you that eating a purely low potassium menu is not the answer to losing weight. But for some people, too much can be very dangerous.

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