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Potassium in Diet

Most people who eat a healthy diet should get enough potassium naturally, but there are some who don’t and it can put you at risk od high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, cancer and digestive disorders.
People with low potassium are usually people who are on certain medication, are athletes, have a physically demanding job, Crohn’s disease, have an eating disorder, smoke or abuse alcohol.

As adults, we should get 4700mg/day as recommended amount and as we go into peri-menopause this is important as we are more at risk of heart disease as our protective oestrogen levels fall.

The following foods contain the following amounts of potassium:

  • Banana 330mg =17%
  • 30gm Dried Apricots 414mg 21%
  • 1/2 Large Avocado 439mg 22%
  • 140g Grilled Salmon 577mg 29%
  • 80gms Cooked Spinach 760mg 38%
  • Large Baked Potato 1320mg 66%