I'm sure when you hear the word potassium, you automatically think of bananas. While it's true that they're great sources of this valuable mineral, many other foods contain potassium too.
Before I get into that you should know how much you need everyday and why you need it. The RDI of potassium is 4,200 mg. Potassium is necessary for maintaining blood pressure, proper nerve, kidney, and heart functions, muscle contractions, and also digestion. Not getting enough could cause muscle cramps.
Humans should have no problem getting enough potassium in their diets because it's found in so many whole foods. Want to know what are great sources? Then
|Food||Serving Size||Amount of Potassium (in mg)|
|Baked sweet potato||1 medium||655|
|Steamed beet greens||1/2 cup||655|
|Baked potato||1 medium||610|
|Lima beans||1/2 cup||484|
|Skim milk||1 cup||382|
|Orange juice||3/4 cup||355|
|Steamed swiss chard||1 cup.||961|
|Steamed broccoli||1 cup||505|
|Boiled beets||1 cup||518|
|Brussels sprouts||1 cup||495|
|Winter squash||1 cup||896|
|Steamed spinach||1 cup||839|
As you can see you have plenty of choices when it comes finding sources for potassium. Which one is your fave?