Foods Rich in Potassium
Are you eating enough foods rich in potassium?
Potassium is an essential dietary mineral and electrolyte that allows muscle contraction, including your own heartbeat.
It’s the chemical element symbol represented by the letter K.
Along with sodium, it controls fluids and pH balance of your body.
Therefore essential and, unfortunately, often lacking in the modern diet.
Here are the health benefits potassium can bring you :
- It helps lower your blood pressure. It lowers overall sodium levels by causing the kidneys to excrete excess sodium. Therefore, it helps in lowering blood pressure.
- It also helps your kidneys to excrete citrate, which can form stones by binding with calcium.
- It prevents leg cramps, muscle weakness and irregular heartbeats.
- It maintains your overall body PH level.
- Potassium is good for your bone health as it prevents the loss of calcium and phosphorus.
Now, which fruit will give you more potassium intake than bananas?
Surprise…. (drum rolls)
1 cup of avocado cubes (150gr)
(21% of daily value)
1 cup of sliced bananas (150gr)
contains 537mg of potassium
(15% of daily value)
As if these health benefits were not enough, avocados are also loaded with fiber. That’s great for a healthy gut.
A Penn Sate University study shows that it can lower bad cholesterol.
It is packed with antioxidants and can help you absorb nutrients from plant foods you are eating at the same time.
It can also help with weight loss. Lowering our desire to eat for a few hours, it keeps you full and satisfied.
So, don’t hesitate to cook and serve guacamole, it’s good for you!
If you need ideas on what and how to cook with avocados, this is the book I use.
It’s full of beautiful and inspiring pictures. And here are other options that you can choose from :
Also, integrate them in your salads, it’s easy to do! Here is a super simple recipe for a creamy salad vinaigrette using avocado instead of dairy.
Creamy dairy-free vinaigrette with Avocado
– 1 ripe avocado
– 1 garlic clove
– 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
– 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
– 1 tablespoon lime juice
– 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
– 2/3 cup water (1/4 if you want a dip instead of a vinaigrette)
– Salt and pepper to taste
Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor for about 30 seconds. (or use a hand mixer)
Have fun while cooking with this super awesome food and glow with health!
Eat like nature intended
PS : Dried dates, dried prunes and spinach also contain more potassium than bananas.