The 'Other' Salt: 5 Foods Rich in Potassium

According to Time Healthland:

“A recent report shows that consuming just 4.7 grams of "good salt" (potassium) is the equivalent of cutting out 4 grams of "bad salt" (sodium) in terms of reducing blood pressure.

But there are only so many bananas (.5g each) you can eat. Just in time for lunch, here's a list of 5 foods that can help boost your potassium intake.”

The article goes on to list the following sources for potassium:

  1. Swiss chard (1 cup = 1g of potassium)
  2. Winter squash (1 cup = 1g)
  3. Avocado (1/2 Florida variety = .8g)
  4. Dried apricots (1/2 cup = .9)
  5. Baked potato (1 large = .9g)

The first three items on this list are fine, however, there are healthier potassium-rich options than dried apricots and baked potatoes.

Dried apricots commercially farmed are often processed using sulfur dioxide gas. Sulfites are added to extend shelf life, prevent oxidation and to give the fruit a bright orange color.

Sulfites are known to cause adverse reactions in about one out of every 100 people and are especially dangerous for asthma sufferers.

Organically grown dried apricots, which are brown in color, are a better choice. Better still is a cup of organic spinach, which contains about the same amount of potassium as a half cup of dried apricots.

White potatoes are a vegetable, but they digest more like a grain. They raise insulin levels beyond what is ideal for most people.

If you must have a potato, go with an organically grown sweet potato with the skin on. A cup will give you about half the potassium of a large baked potato.

An even better choice is a cup of beet greens, which provides 1.3g potassium.