Low-Potassium Diet That Includes Meat


A low-potassium diet is required for various health conditions such as kidney disorders or certain types of heart disease. It also may be necessary when taking medications that raise potassium levels. You can still eat many kinds of meat in a low-potassium diet, but perhaps in smaller amounts than you may be used to eating.

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A doctor takes a woman's blood pressure. (Image: George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Low-Potassium Diet

A low-potassium diet can range from 1500mg to 2700mg a day (usually around 2000mg), depending on your doctor's instructions. The Cleveland Clinic recommends eating up to seven servings of certain kinds of meat per day, with each serving about 1 ounce with 120mg of potassium. You can choose from other healthy foods for the rest of your potassium allowance.

A chicken leg with turnip cabbage.
A chicken leg with turnip cabbage. (Image: Eising/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Low-Potassium Meats

Chicken, turkey and other poultry, including turkey bacon and turkey sausage, can be eaten in this diet. Fresh fish, shellfish and oysters, as well as canned unsalted tuna and salmon, are also acceptable. Other types of meat that fit into a low-potassium diet include fresh pork, unsalted pork bacon, unsalted beef, game meat, lamb, veal, liver and other organ meats, and low-salt lunch meat.

A small portion of fish is served with a side salad.
A small portion of fish is served with a side salad. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Foods That Count as Meat

Eggs, peanut butter and low-salt cheese are considered meat substitutes in a low-potassium diet, according to the Cleveland Clinic. For instance, if you eat four slices of turkey bacon and one large egg, this constitutes two meat servings.

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An egg being fried in a pan. (Image: Getty Images/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Meat to Avoid

Processed meats and those high in salt must be avoided on a low-potassium diet. These include most canned meat and fish, as well as meat and fish that is salted, pickled, corned, spiced or smoked. You'll need to avoid anchovies, dried beef, ham, hot dogs (including turkey dogs), salted lunch meat and sandwich spreads.

Ht dogs cooking on a grill.
Ht dogs cooking on a grill. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Processed Food

Processed entrees and side dishes generally are too high in potassium for this diet. Avoid commercial meat sauces and frozen, boxed and canned meat products, including casseroles, fried chicken and fish, frozen dinners, pot pies and canned Chinese food. Meat substitutes containing soy also tend to be high in potassium.

A plate of fried chicken.
A plate of fried chicken. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

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