5 Foods Rich in Potassium
Potassium is often left out of the heart health discussion. And yet it’s necessary to keeping the heart healthy, partially because it aids in heart muscle contraction. Just as importantly, potassium is crucial for growth and maintenance in the body. As an electrolyte, potassium helps support the water balance between the cells and body fluids, which is important for staying properly hydrated. The nutrient also supports the stimulation and contraction of muscles and helps support healthy blood pressure levels.
Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is the best way to make sure you’re getting plenty of potassium. Here are five potassium-rich foods you can add to your diet:
Avocados: The creamy fruit of the avocado tree is rich in healthy fats, fiber, vitamin B6 and magnesium. One cup of cubed avocado also packs 728 milligrams of potassium, or 20 percent of the recommended daily value (DV). (Want to learn how to prepare an avocado? Read, “How to Select and Cut the Perfect Avocado.”)
Bananas: A favorite of athletes as a pre-workout snack, bananas are rich in fiber, vitamin C and vitamin B6. One medium banana also contains about 422 milligrams of potassium, or 12 percent of the recommended daily value.
Cantaloupe: This sweet summer melon contains high amounts of vitamin A and vitamin C. One cup of cubed cantaloupe also has about 427 milligrams of potassium, or 12 percent of the recommended daily value.
Grapefruit: Known for its strong citrus flavor, grapefruit contain vitamin A, vitamin C and fiber. One half grapefruit also contains about 332 grams of potassium, or 8 percent of the recommended daily value.
Oranges: Best known for their high vitamin C content, oranges also contain fiber, calcium, vitamin B6 and vitamin A. One large orange also contains about 333 milligrams of potassium, or 9 percent of the daily value.
Of note, certain health conditions can cause too much potassium to build up in your system. Please talk to your health care provider if you have any questions or concerns about potassium intake.
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