Potassium is a vital mineral and electrolyte for your body.
It helps maintain normal blood pressure, transports nutrients into your cells and supports healthy nerve and muscle function.
But bananas are not the only potassium heroes.
Here are 15 foods that pack more potassium than a banana.
Avocados have become extremely popular and trendy — and with good reason.
Packed with good fats, avocados are also a particularly great source of vitamin K and folate. One half of an avocado (100 grams) contains 487 mg of potassium, or 10% of the AI. If you eat a whole avocado, you’d get 20% of your daily potassium needs at once (1, 4).
What’s more, avocados may help people with high blood pressure, who are often told to increase their potassium and reduce their salt (sodium) intake.
Avocados, like most fruit, are low in sodium. Half an avocado provides 7 mg or just 0.5% of your recommended dietary intake (RDI) of sodium (4).
Summary Avocados are jam-packed with nutrients — only half a fruit gets you 10% of your daily potassium needs. They’re also rich in vitamin K and folate and may even help lower your blood pressure.
Like avocados, sweet potatoes have become increasingly popular and are often used as an alternative to potatoes.
What’s more, sweet potatoes are low in fat, pack a small amount of protein and are a good source of complex carbohydrates and fiber. They’re also an excellent source of vitamin A, as one sweet potato provides over 400% of your RDI (7).
Pair these scrumptious root vegetables with good protein such as beans or meat, dark greens or colored vegetables and a little fat for a well-balanced and filling meal.
Summary Sweet potatoes are a great way of adding more potassium to your diet. Just one medium-sized specimen doles out 12% of the AI, as well as some protein, fiber and vitamin A.
Without a doubt, spinach is one of the most nutrient-dense vegetables around.
Similarly, about three cups (100 grams) of raw spinach contain 558 mg of potassium, also around 12% of the AI (9).
Keep in mind that visually 100 grams of raw spinach is a lot more on your plate than the same amount frozen.
Summary Spinach provides more potassium per serving than a banana — about 12% of the AI per one cup (156 grams) frozen or three cups (100 grams) fresh. This vegetable also packs vitamins A and K, as well as folate and magnesium.
The same serving size also contains 172 calories, 44 grams of carbohydrates, 3.4 grams of protein, 0.8 grams of fat and 2.2 grams of fiber (10).
What’s more, this lush, red melon is a great source of vitamins A and C, as well as magnesium.
Summary Watermelon is a tasty, summery fruit, just two wedges of which can give you almost 14% of your potassium AI, as well as vitamins A and C at only 172 calories.
Coconut water is a fantastic, hydrating drink.
It’s an excellent natural alternative to sports drinks, as it contains key electrolytes that help draw water into your cells, and its natural sugars provide energy during exercise or replenish lost glycogen stores after (11).
It’s refreshing when served chilled with ice after a sweaty workout.
Summary Coconut water is not only a great hydrating drink but also an excellent source of potassium, containing 13% of the AI in just one cup (240 ml). It’s also a good source of magnesium, calcium, sodium and manganese.
The term white beans can refer to navy (pea) beans, cannellini (white kidney) beans, great northern beans or lima beans.
Though bananas are lauded for their potassium content, one cup (179 grams) of any of these beans has twice as much potassium as one banana. One cup of cooked white beans gives you 829 mg of potassium — a whopping 18% of the AI (1, 3, 12).
As one cup (179 grams) alone contains nearly 19 grams of fiber, they also happen to be very filling (12).
White beans are incredibly versatile and can easily be added to your diet, for example as an ingredient for salads or stews.
Summary White beans are a terrific source of potassium — one cup (179 grams) has 18% of the AI or the equivalent of two bananas. These beans can be easily added to salads and stews to increase your potassium intake.
Black beans, also known as turtle beans, are a staple food in Central and South America.
They’re often used in burritos and soups.
However, as black beans contain phytates which can reduce your body’s absorption of minerals, not all of that potassium may be put to use.
It’s difficult to know how much these phytates may affect the absorption of minerals like potassium, but if you’re using dried beans it’s best to soak them overnight. This step will help reduce the number of phytates (14).
Summary Black beans are a versatile food that can provide you with 13% of your potassium AI in one cup (172 grams). Soaking dried beans first may improve mineral absorption, including potassium.
Edamame, traditionally eaten in Japan, are immature soybeans served in the pod.
They’re filled with many other nutrients, but most notably contain 121% of the RDI for folate per cup (155 grams) (15).
What’s more, they’re a great source of vitamin K, magnesium and manganese (15).
Edamame are delicious lightly steamed as an accompaniment to meals.
Summary Edamame are packed with nutrients, with one cup providing 14% of your potassium AI, as well as good amounts of vitamin K, magnesium and manganese.
Tomato paste is made from cooked tomatoes that have been peeled and deseeded.
This concentrated condiment adds great flavor to all tomato-based sauces and dishes.
Just three tablespoons or about 50 grams contain 486 mg of potassium, which is just over 10% of the AI. Tomato paste is also a good source of vitamin C and lycopene, a beneficial plant compound (1, 16).
Watch out for tomato pastes that have added sugars, additives or preservatives. It’s advisable to pick the product with the fewest ingredients.
Summary Tomato paste not only enriches the taste of your food but provides ample amounts of potassium in small servings. Three tablespoons or about 50 grams pack around 10% of the AI, as well as vitamin C and the beneficial plant compound lycopene.
Butternut squash is a sweet-tasting winter squash. While technically a fruit, it’s cooked like a root vegetable.
Butternut squashes can be roasted, boiled, steamed or chopped up for use in hearty soups.
Summary Butternut squash is a great source of potassium, boasting 12% of the AI in a single cup (205 grams). This fruit also packs vitamins A and C, as well as smaller amounts of B vitamins, vitamin E and magnesium.
Potatoes are a starchy root vegetable that remains a staple food in several countries worldwide.
However, there are many different varieties of potatoes, and their potassium content may depend on the soil in which they’re grown.
As potatoes are eaten daily in many parts of the world, they may be a key contributor to potassium intake in people’s diets.
Summary Potatoes are a staple in many households and plentiful in potassium, with one potato typically providing 11% of the AI.
Dried apricots are made from dehydrated fresh apricots. They have a long shelf life and are usually pitted.
Dried apricots are lovely mixed into muesli and are a healthy snack on hikes or camping trips.
Summary Dried apricots are a great alternative to bananas for a potassium boost. About six apricots will give you 10% of the AI, as well as fiber and vitamins A and E.
Swiss chard, also known as silverbeet or simply chard, is a leafy green vegetable.
Their thick stalks can range from red to orange to white in color.
The same amount also packs 716% of the RDI for vitamin K and 214% of the RDI for vitamin A (21).
They’re also low in calories and a good source of fiber.
Swiss chard is sometimes overlooked in favor of other leafy greens, but it’s a delicious base for salads and can be easily steamed or sautéed with a little oil.
Summary Swiss chard is a nourishing dark green vegetable that contains over twice as much potassium per cooked cup than a banana, about 20% of the AI. They’re also loaded with vitamins K and A.
Beets or beetroot are a deep-purple vegetable, often boiled, pickled or added to salads.
For those wanting to increase their potassium intake to help prevent or manage high blood pressure, beets may have an added advantage.
Beets are also an excellent source of folate, with one cup (170 grams) providing 34% of the RDI (22).
Summary Beets or beetroot are a deep-purple vegetable that, when cooked, contains 11% of your potassium AI in one cup or about 170 grams. They’re also a good source of folate and contain nitrates which have been shown to support heart health.
Pomegranates are an extremely healthy, multi-seeded fruit, about the size of an orange and ranging in color from red to purple.
What’s more, pomegranates are packed with vitamins C and K, as well as folate and have a higher protein content than most fruits — 4.7 grams per fruit (24).
However, they pack more calories than most fruits and a sizeable amount of natural sugars (24).
On the other hand, pomegranates also have 11 grams of fiber, which can help slow digestion and make you feel fuller longer.
Summary Pomegranates are a very healthy fruit. Their potassium content stands at 14% of the AI, and they pack vitamins C and K, as well as folate, fiber and some protein.
Although bananas are a great source of potassium, many other healthy foods — such as sweet potatoes and beets — have more potassium per serving.
Some foods such as Swiss chard and white beans even have double the amount of potassium per cup, compared to a medium-sized banana.
The key to getting enough potassium is to eat a good range of plant-based foods each day. In particular, you could aim to include some of the above 15 high-potassium foods in your diet regularly to help boost your intake.