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Foods High in Potassium
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Potassium-Rich Foods and Food Additives Note: Some foods high in potassium are also high in calories.
*The following foods, in listed portion sizes, have greater than 275 mg (7mEq) potassium per serving.
Milk Milk
All milk, skim, whole, buttermilk, yogurt (1 cup)*
Chocolate milk, low fat 1 cup 425 mg
Salad Vegetables
Artichokes (1 whole)*
Asparagus (1 cup)*
Beans, dried (1/3 cup)*
Beet greens (1 cup)*
Bamboo shoots (1/2 cup)*
Broccoli (2 stalks)*
Brussel sprouts (1/2 cup)*
Celery (1 cup)*
Chard (1/2 cup)*
Chinese cabbage (2 cups)*
Lettuce (2 cups)*
Mushrooms (1 cup)*
Parsnips (1/2 cup)*
Pinto beans 1 cup 583 mg
Potato with skin (Baked 1 medium 610 mg)
Pumpkin (1/2 cup)*
Spinach 1 cup, cooked 574 mg
Squash (Acorn) 1 cup, cubed 896 mg
Squash (summer) (1 cup)*
Squash (winter) (3/4 cup)*
Sweet Potato (1 cup) baked 950 mg
Tomato (1 medium)*
Tomato juice 8 oz 556 mg
  Fruits

OrangesBanana Apricots, dried 1/3 cup 734 mg
Avocado (1/3 whole)*
Banana 1 medium 422 mg
Cantaloupe 1 cup, balls 473 mg
Dates (5 medium)*
Figs, dried (3 medium)*
Grapefruit juice (1 cup)*
Honeydew melon (2" wide slice of 6" diameter melon)*
Orange (1 medium or 3/4 cup)*
Orange juice, fresh squeezed 8 oz. 496 mg
Papaya 1 medium 781 mg
Peaches, dried (1/2 cup)*
Prune juice (1/2 cup)*
Prunes (5 large)*
Raisins (1/3 cup)*
Other--these foods and food additives are generally high in potassium
  • Salt substitutes (listed as KCl on labels)
  • Lite salts,
  • Coffee,
  • Sport drinks,
  • Iced tea sold in cans
  • Granola bars,
  • Ovaltine,
  • Chocolate and
  • Fig cookies
  • Molasses (Blackstrap) 1 tablespoon 498 mg
Potassium-Restricted Diets
  • To help reduce the potassium content, soak or boil vegetables and fruits in water.
  • Look on labels for symbols listed as KCL, K+ or potassium and avoid these foods. Potassium may be used in some foods as a preservative or a salt substitute.
  • Foods and food additives that are high in potassium should be avoided (above)
References

1) Potassium from the American Heart Association
2) Dietary Reference Intakes from the Institute of Medicine
3) Hypokalemia (Low Potassium) from Bay Area Medical Information (www.bami.us)
4) Hyperkalemia (High Potassium) from Bay Area Medical Information (www.bami.us)
5) Renal Dialysis: Links & Resources for Pinellas County, Florida

--Written by N Thompson, ARNP and Michael Thompson, MD, Last updated December 2007

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