Many people visit this site just to find out how much potassium is in a particular food. The best way to find this out is to click on the “Links to food potassium tables” tab at the top of the page and click on a link to a table with the food you are interested in. They are divided into high potassium foods and low potassium foods. Many of the tables also include other pertinent quantities of food content.
We are all about the value of high potassium foods in your diet. There have been various different definitions of what a high potassium food is. Generally the food should have a high potassium to sodium ratio and have a fair amount of potassium. For a healthy person, the more potassium in your food and the less sodium, the better. However before starting a high potassium foods diet, you must get an evaluation by your doctor to determine that you are healthy and have no contraindication. The diet is preventive. It is not therapeutic.
We attempt to put together all the science. Many posts discuss various medical and scientific studies supporting the importance of high potassium foods to health.
There are posts about many epidemiological studies showing the advantages of the high potassium foods diet. However because the studies are usually trying to show something other than the value of a high potassium to sodium ratio in the diet, many do not directly study the potassium sodium ratio. It has to be calculated from the values given in the study or from estimates, which we do in quite a few posts.
There are also many posts about basic science studies showing how the ratio affects your cells. These studies validate the preventive importance of the high potassium foods diet.
Some of the posts are precautionary about those who need to be on a low potassium diet. Some are posts with tables of low potassium to sodium ratio foods. These are foods that most of us should avoid, but may be appropriate for those on a low potassium diet. If you have a condition requiring a low potassium diet, you must have a doctor's guidance. Excessive potassium build-up can be deadly.
There are also a few posts on how to implement the high potassium foods diet.
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