Potassium

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites


Best Food Sources for Potassium

Bananas, potatoes, prunes, almonds, molasses, brewer's yeast, chick peas, butter beans.

Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for Potassium

Up to 6 months old, 0.4 grams

7 to 12 months old - 0.7 grams

1 to 3 years old, 3.0 grams

4 to 8 years old, 3.8 grams

Males and Females 9 to 13 years old, 4.5 grams

Males and females 14 and older, 4.7 grams

Pregnant females all ages, 4.7  grams

Lactating females all ages, 5.1  grams

Deficiency Signs & Symptoms of Potassium

Low blood pressure fatigue feeling of unwellness. May be fatal if potassium levels are not treated.

Toxicity Signs & Symptoms

Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, gastric disturbances, abdominal pain, abdominal spasms, irregular heartbeat, muscle weakness, fatigue, including death.

Functions in the Body

Supports cell and tissue function balances blood pressure levels.

Therapeutic Benefits of Potassium

Aids in fluid retention.

Foods & Drinks Containing Potassium

Food - Based on 1 cup unless stated.

Milligrams

Soybeans, green, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt

970

Potatoes, au gratin, home-prepared from recipe using butter

970

Lima beans, large, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt

955

Snacks, trail mix, regular, with chocolate chips, salted nuts and seeds

946

Fast foods, potato, French fried in vegetable oil, large

930

Potatoes, scalloped, home-prepared with butter

926

Potatoes, hashed brown, home-prepared

899

Plantains, raw, medium

893

Soybeans, mature cooked, boiled, without salt

886

Milk, canned, evaporated, nonfat, with added vitamin A, D

850

Refried beans, canned, traditional style

847

Nuts, chestnuts, European, roasted

847

Fish, halibut, Atlantic and Pacific, cooked, dry heat, 1/2 fillet

840

Spinach, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt

839

Tomato products, canned, sauce

811

Sauce, pasta, spaghetti/marinara, ready-to-serve

798

Plums, dried (prunes), stewed, without added sugar

796

Sweet potato, canned, vacuum pack

796

Milk, canned, evaporated, with added vitamin D and without added vitamin A

764

Lettuce, iceberg (includes crisphead types), raw, 1 head

760

Beans, baked, canned, with pork and tomato sauce

746

Beans, pinto, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt

746

Spinach, canned, regular pack, drained solids

740

Lima beans, immature seeds, frozen, baby, cooked, boiled

740

Fast foods, potato, French fried in vegetable oil, medium size

737

Lentils, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt

731

Plantains, cooked

716

Beans, kidney, red, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt

713

Peas, split, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt

710

Beans, navy, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt

708

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