When people talk with me about potassium in their diet, whether they have been instructed by their doctor to eat more or eat less, I usually hear one of two things.
“I try to eat a banana every day.”
“I stopped eating bananas.”
And that’s all, I ask? Pretty much.
While bananas do have a high potassium content (anywhere from about 300 to over 500 milligrams depending on the size), there are so many other foods and drinks out there that can be either a great source of potassium for you, or a very dangerous food that you may realize would have a bigger impact on your diet and kidney health.
As mentioned in my other post about potassium and kidney disease, there are varying recommendations for potassium intake depending on your kidney disease stage.
While fruits and vegetables are generally to blame for having large amounts of potassium, animal proteins can go unnoticed.
If the time comes that you need to re-evaluate your potassium intakes, don’t think by going on a high animal-protein diet means your diet will be low in potassium! Keep portions in check by limiting to no more than 3 ounces per meal.
And if you’re open to it, try some meatless meals! Less protein can be less strain on the kidneys.
All foods mentioned below are for a 1/2 cup serving size unless otherwise noted.
So while it is possible to eat some high potassium foods, it’s best to limit these things if you have experienced high potassium in your blood test results.
All information collected is from the USDA Food Database.