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July 27, 2011 6:22 AM
Just read this in "consumer reports on health"

"It might see surprising that a smple banana could help you control the effect of sodium on your body, but it's true: Bananas are rich in potassium - the mineral that helps regulate sodium."

I have a problem with my salt intake so I thought maybe some others would be interested!
July 27, 2011 6:26 AM
I *think* dried apricots are a good source of potassium too :)
July 27, 2011 6:27 AM
Potassium is great for counter balancing sodium. I think potassium is a little underrated and doesn't get the attention it should like fat, carbs, protein, sodium receive. I eat a banana a day as best I can and also enjoy getting in cantaloupe (the number 1 source of potassium) when I can. I think upping my potassium has helped me with calve cramps and I have read about the benefits potassium offsets sodium.
July 27, 2011 6:28 AM
Bananas are good for many, many things!
July 27, 2011 6:28 AM
Bananas are a great sorce of Potassium! However be carfefull not to eat to many as they are loaded in sugar. I love them and could eat them all day!
July 27, 2011 6:29 AM
Yes, your potassium level should be between 2x your sodium to 5x your sodium. Gatorade is 5x. Fruit and vegetables are very high in potassium. If you choose the non-asterisked ones from the choices, and add potassium as one of the things you track in your diary, you will see how much potassium is in all of the fresh produce you eat.
July 27, 2011 6:31 AM
If you're having trouble reaching your potassium quota, try adding in some low-sodium V8, original flavor. a 10-oz glass has over 1000 mg of potassium. Love it. Potatoes prepared and eaten with the skin are also an excellent source of potassium.
July 27, 2011 6:31 AM
This is very much true. Bananas beat the bloat. I often have 1 when I'm feeliing a little puffy... works very well. :)
July 27, 2011 6:48 AM
I have noticed that I seldom get enough potassium. My settings show I need about 3500 mg a day. I never reach this. While reading up on potassium/salt balance, I read that many food items don't include their potassium content. One banana doesn't make it for me. When I track a banana, it looks like I would need to eat 10 bananas to meet the goal. Here are some veggies I found to be high in potassium:
sun dried tomatoes (53%rda in one cup)
spinach (5%rda in 1 cup raw)
swiss chard (27% rda in one cup)
mushrooms (12%rda in one cup)
sweet potato with skin (27% rda in one cup)
zucchini with skin (13% rda in one cup)
green beans (7%rda in one cup)
asparagus (*5rda in one cup)

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