Keep the following suggestions in mind when you need to be on a potassium controlled diet. Your doctor can prescribe your level of potassium restriction. It is usually 1.5 – 2.7 g/day or 1,500 to 2,700 mg / day.
- Choose foods from list for “Low Potassium Foods”. Eat 3-4 servings from this list daily. A serving is ½ cup cooked, 1 cup raw or one medium piece of fresh fruit.
- Avoid or limit foods from list for “High Potassium Foods”. Eat only one serving from this list a day.
- Check nutrition label for total potassium content as well as any ingredients containing potassium such as additives.
- High potassium food is 400 mg or higher / serving.
- Low potassium food is 200 mg or less / serving.
- Soak you peeled and cut up vegetables in cold water over night to leach out potassium. Don’t eat baked potatoes, French fries, potato chips.
- Cook vegetables in lots of water and drain before serving.
- Use canned fruits and only eat the well drained fruits.
- Usually clients I see on potassium restriction diet are also on a sodium restriction diet. Do not use potassium chloride salt substitute on your food. Fresh or dried herbs, no salt added spice mix like Mrs. Dash is fine to use.
- Stay current with your prescriptions. Check with your doctor/pharmacist about any medications that may contains potassium. You would be surprised the information you receive when you ask questions.
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