Nutrition :: Potassium
You may not know what it is, but you sure do eat a lot of foods that contain this essential mineral. Kidzworld has all the info you need to know about potassium.
Why Is it Good for You?
Potassium is essential for your body's growth. It helps maintain the normal function of the heart, kidneys, muscles, nervous system and fluid balance. A diet high in potassium can reduce the risk of high blood pressure, which is one of the risk factors for strokes, heart attacks and chronic kidney disease.
What Foods Can it Be Found in?
Potassium is common in most fruits, vegetables and meats, but foods with high sources of potassium include bananas, cantaloupes, oranges, apricots, kiwis, tomatoes, potatoes, avocados and spinach. Keep in mind that some foods high in potassium are also high in calories, so stick to more low-calorie foods when you're trying to control your weight.
Did You Know?
- The recommended daily intake of potassium is 4,000 mg. However, most Americans consume only half that amount on a daily basis.
- People who exercise a lot and therefore sweat a lot need more potassium, so they may have to take supplements or bulk up on potassium-rich foods.
- Symptoms of potassium deficiency include physical weakness, fatigue, heart irregularities and sometimes problems with muscular coordination.