What foods contain potassium?

Natalia Gredyushko
Natalia Gredyushko
July 13, 2012
What foods contain potassium?

Potassium is necessary for our body to maintain the vital activity of organs and various systems at the cellular level. The established amount of potassium for normal and proper functioning of the human body of an adult is 200 grams. Potassium is found in almost all human organs, more precisely, in their tissues and cells.

Potassium is needed for:

  • regulation of water balance
  • regulation of acid-base balance
  • maintain immunity
  • the functioning of the muscle system
  • normal cardiac activity.

A distinctive feature of this element is its ability to cause the excretion of water from the human body. The daily rate of its consumption is 2.5 - 5 grams, depending on body weight.

Potassium contributes to clarity of mind, increasing the supply of oxygen to the brain, helps to eliminate toxins and toxins. Helps in treating allergies and lowering blood pressure.

Now let's talk more about what foods contain potassium.

Potassium-rich foods

The highest potassium content is in the products listed below, in mg / 100 grams of product.

Plant Products

  • Apricot 1171
  • Melon 1180
  • Beans 1060
  • Sunflower seeds 920
  • Pea 870
  • Wheat (germinated) 830
  • Almond 770
  • Parsley 730
  • Nuts (dates, peanuts, walnuts) 650-670
  • Figs (dried) 640
  • Avocado 600
  • Soybeans 540
  • Garlic 520
  • Dates 512
  • Mushrooms 415
  • Potato (in uniform) 406
  • Broccoli 380
  • Bananas 370
  • Carrots, celery 340
  • Tomatoes 244
  • Eggplant 214
  • Bulgarian pepper (green) 210
  • Beet 205
  • Squashes 202
  • Peaches, oranges 180-200

The potassium content in cereals mg / per 100 grams of product:

  • oat 344
  • millet 290
  • buckwheat 227
  • barley 218
  • semolina 166
  • rice 130

Potassium content in animal products

  • Curd 650
  • Cheese 630
  • Meat (lamb, beef) 370
  • Butter 144
  • Whole milk 127
  • Cream 20% fat 126
  • Eggs 110
  • Potassium content in berries
  • Black currant 365
  • Strawberry 470
  • Sweet cherry 223
  • Raspberry 190
  • Gooseberry 161
  • Strawberry 137

The smallest potassium content was found in watermelons (64mg / 100 grams of the product) and in apples (86 mg / 100 grams).

The first signs of a lack of this element in the body are: drowsiness, muscle weakness, loss of appetite, the appearance of cardiac arrhythmias.

There may be an excess of potassium in the body with nephritis and adrenal insufficiency.

The potassium content is sufficient in the usual foods for us. Proper nutrition eliminates the possibility of a lack of potassium in the body.