Potassium in Food

Potassium ranks as one of the most important minerals needed by the body, and yet there is a chronic deficiency in most people’s diet today.

It is easy to get the RDA of potassium if you are on the raw food diet, but if you are on the Standard American Diet, you are probably deficient in potassium.  There is no substitute for potassium in food – potassium “pills” are not from sources that your body can use properly.  In other words, if you were to try to get your RDA of potassium from these pills, you would “overdose”; your body can’t use the synthetic form, and it would be dangerous and possibly lethal to use that much of it.  It is virtually impossible to overdose on the natural potassium in food!

The raw food diet abounds with foods high in potassium.

  • Apricots
  • avocado
  • bananas
  • broccoli
  • brusselsprouts
  • buckwheat
  • cantaloupe
  • dates
  • dried fruits
  • kidney beans
  • legumes,
  • lima beans
  • nuts
  • parsley
  • peaches
  • potatoes
  • seeds
  • soybeans
  • spinach
  • tomato juice
  • tofu
  • wheat germ
  • yellow vegetables
  • carrot juice 1 cup= 769 mg

To see the exact amount of potassium in all kinds of food, please see our Nutrition Chart Book.  The Nutrition Charts in this book list the potassium value of just about everything you can imagine – it is truly a great resource to have.

The RDA for potassium is 4700 mg.  Some people might think, “well, I know bananas have potassium, so I’ll eat a banana a day”.  This is a good start, but, to give you an idea of how much potassium we need, a 3.5 oz banana (maybe 1/2 of a banana) has 370 mgs of potassium in it. This means that you would have to eat 5 large bananas a day, and still not have enough potassium in your diet!

To conclude, getting potassium in food rather than in pill form is the only way to get your RDA;  even the best vitamins do not carry nearly what the RDA is for potassium.  The raw food diet is the perfect way to get your RDA of potassium.