Foods to Avoid With Potassium

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Avoiding potassium is difficult since it occurs naturally in many foods. Learn what foods to avoid with the help of a licensed dietitian in this free video.

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Hi, I'm Charlotte Lawson, a registered and licensed dietitian. Now, if you have a potassium level or were told you need to avoid certain foods with a high potassium level, you're probably wondering where to start. Well, unfortunately, I can't say that this is an easy process as potassium is a naturally occurring mineral found in many many foods. I can't even say one food group over the other. A couple key ones do come from our foods and vegetable group. For instance, you probably have heard bananas. They are extremely high in potassium as well as orange juice and white potatoes. Other things like beans and some of our legumes have a high potassium. Beets do as well. So, sometimes, even though I could list off a couple of foods, it might be a little bit better if you do some more extensive research and try to pull up a potassium content chart. This will actually list a wide variety of foods, any actual milligrams of potassium per serving of that food. They may have a list of high potassium to moderate to even low and this can really help you guide and choose appropriate foods for your diet especially if your doctor or dietitian put you on a certain potassium level. Now, keep in mind, potassium is water soluble. So, a lot of times keeping up on our fluids can help to remove and flush out some of the potassium as well as just alleviate the pressure on our kidneys to help to actually filter out the potassium. And sometimes, because it is water soluble, you can soak those foods like the beans and the potatoes to help leach out some of that potassium. But again, looking into a chart will really help you with a definite guideline. I'm Charlotte and eat happy.

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