10 Potassium-Rich Foods to Help You Slim Down
Potassium is among the most important nutrients for a healthy, slim body. Working as both a mineral and an electrolyte in the body, it plays major roles in maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance, building muscle strength, maintaining nerve function, protecting heart health and even helping you lose weight. Fail to get enough potassium in your daily diet - least 4,700 milligrams - and you may find yourself dealing with multiple troublesome health issues including fatigue, irritability, muscle cramps, hypertension, dizzy spells and heart palpitations.
To help assure you get enough potassium each day, add one or more of these 10 potassium-rich foods to your daily menu:
- White beans: 1 cooked cup provides 1,004 mg of potassium, 29 percent of the recommended DV (daily value).
- Avocados: An average-sized avocado provides 975 mg of potassium, 28 percent of the recommended DV.
- Baked potatoes with skin: The average potato provides 926 mg of potassium, 26 percent of the recommended DV.
- Baked acorn squash: 1 cup cubed provides 899 mg of potassium, 26 percent of the recommended DV.
- Dark leafy greens like spinach: 1 cooked cup provides 839 mg of potassium, 24 percent of the recommended DV.
- Dried apricots: A half-cup provides 755 mg of potassium, 22 percent of the recommended DV.
- Plain skim or not-fat yogurt: 1 cup provides 625 mg of potassium, 18 percent of the recommended DV.
- Salmon: One 3-ounce fillet provides 534 mg of potassium, 15 percent of the recommended DV.
- White mushrooms: One cup of sliced mushrooms provides 428 mg of potassium, 12 percent of the recommended DV.
- Bananas: An average-sized banana provides 422 mg of potassium, 12 percent of the recommended DV.
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