When Potassium Needs Are Low
But we've received a request from a reader who has asked for some guidance on a low potassium diet, and we do strive to meet our readers' needs. Again, I'm usually a big fan of potassium, but for folks with kidney disease, high levels of this mineral in the blood can be dangerous. They are, therefore, instructed to avoid foods high in potassium to keep their levels under control.
In general processed foods are low in potassium, while fresh fruits and veggies are high. But we don't want to eliminate fruits and veggies completely on a low potassium diet. Luckily, there are lots of fruits and vegetables that can be eaten by those with kidney disease that are lower in this mineral.
Here are lists of F&Vs that are considered low potassium and medium potassium. Unless otherwise noted, servings should be 1/2 cup. (I wish I could put these lists in a table so they're nice and neat, but blogger.com doesn't have that feature. So please bear with me and scroll scroll scroll.)
If you've been prescribed a low potassium diet, limit low potassium F&Vs to 2-3 servings a day and medium potassium F&Vs to 1-2 servings a day.
Fruits Low in Potassium:
Berries: blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, gooseberries, raspberries, strawberries, cranberries
Cranberry juice and sauce
Grapes, canned, raw, or juice
Nectars: peach, pear, papaya, apricot
Pineapple, raw or canned
Fruits Medium in Potassium:
Apple, raw, 1 large
Apricots, raw, 2 medium
Cherries, raw (15) or canned
Figs, raw, 2 medium
Grapefruit, ½ medium
Peach, raw, 1 medium
Pear, raw, 1 medium
Plums, raw, 2 medium
Vegetables Low in Potassium:
Beans, green or wax
Lettuce: romaine, iceberg, leaf, endive, watercress
Peppers, sweet or hot
Vegetables Medium in Potassium:
Corn, canned or 1 small ear
Greens: collard, mustard, kale, dandelion, beet, turnip
Summer squash: yellow crookneck, white scallop, zucchini
Have a fruit and veggie filled day, low potassium or not!