Most Americans do not meet the recommended amount of potassium due to low fruit and vegetable intake
Deficiency can occur due to excessive losses from diuretics, excessive vomiting and diarrhea and steroid use
Excess potassium from food sources is not likely to cause problems in healthy individuals but excess potassium can be dangerous for people with kidney disease
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How Much Potassium Do I Need?
AI for Adults is 4700 mg/d
Upper Limit- not determined
Adequate Intake (AI) is developed when there is not enough scientific data to develop a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA)
Why Do I Need Potassium?
Potassium is an important component of every cell in the body and plays a critical role in maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance
Potassium is a cofactor for many enzymes
Potassium assists in nerve impulse transmission and muscle contractions
Fruits, vegetables and legumes are the best sources of potassium
Potassium Content (mg)
Dates, medjool (1)
Prune juice, 1 cup
Avocado, California, 1/4
Kale, raw, 1 cup
Spinach, raw, 1 cup
Tomato sauce, 1/2 cup
Black beans, cooked, 1 cup
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