What Is 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
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
Food High in Potassium
- Bran muffin
- Granola or muesli with fruit and/or nuts
- Wheat germ
- Beets, beet greens
- Brussels sprouts
- Sweet potato
- Swiss chard
- Tomato or vegetable juice
- Winter squash
- Dried figs
- Grapefruit juice
- Honeydew melon
- Pomegranate, pomegranate juice
- Prunes, prune juice
- Low-fat chocolate milk
- Soy milk
|Meats and Beans
- Beans, baked and lima
- Lean ground beef
- Nuts (almonds, Brazil, cashew, hazelnuts, mixed peanuts)
- Peanut butter
- Roast beef
- Seeds (sunflower, pumpkin)
|Fats and Oils
- Nuts and nut butters
- 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.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
American Society for Nutrition
Dietitians of Canada
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
Kidney diseaes: high- and low-potassium foods. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website. Available at: http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=4294967541. Accessed May 8, 2014.
Potassium and your CKD diet. National Kidney Foundation website. Available at: http://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/potassium.cfm. Accessed May 8, 2014.