I have become much more aware of potassium and I've been trying to get more in my diet. You mentioned V-8 juice. Much to my surprise, after years of saying, 'Yuck' to anything with reduced- or no-sodium in the title, I latched on to low-sodium V-8 juice. 8 oz is 50 calories and 900 mg. potassium. That means that if you drink 4 8-oz glasses, you have 3600 mg. potassium (and 560 mg. sodium). This is my go-to beverage these days. My other staple is black coffee (the hotter, the better). 8 oz is 116 mg. potassium and 4.7 mg. sodium. I'm a coffee drinker, so this helps a lot. There are only 2 calories in that 8 oz. The coffee is brewed from grounds, made with tap water.
I have noticed that some packaged foods (including frozen vegetables) don't always list potassium in their nutritional info. So sometimes you may be eating potassium without it showing up in your tracker -- knowing what foods have it will help you!
Edited by: SILVERLINEDJENN at: 10/30/2012 (11:45)
10/30/12 11:42 A
Not all foods list the amount of potassium they contain on their labels and K+ isn't always recorded in the SP database. So you may be getting more than shows up on your food tracker.
Here's a link to the USDA nutritional database for K+. https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cac he:582-1tXtJ9sJ:www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/ foodcomp/Data/SR17/wtrank/sr17a306.pdf +&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESiwErQ VQUGpwSFGnTAeqt1NvHdYTGfH1JCKNWYz3c39R AWyK9kvIqGGMn913GDVec7ZiPb0hHQz4TZIjqL 7rh82zeDXySdE3019wTsvaNEigJaz2ipIbAbGy PDSkur2VcKbJdP0&sig=AHIEtbSIlrlfY5DiqaqiZ4Tkp5IGR5XEEA
If the link doesn't work, google "potassium levels in food USDA"
10/30/12 11:31 A
How about asking your local nutritionist, pharmacist, or physician?
I am in that borderline BP range where I am working on losing weight, getting more exercise, and eating less sodium. Those are no problem, but I am also supposed to increase my potassium. I added it to my charting, and discovered I was lucky to get 1000mg when I am supposed to get 3000mg each day. I've added bananas and v8, but to get to 3000 I am going to have to do something more! I checked the supplements, but they only add about 3% of my RDA.
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