We’ve all heard that potassium is an important mineral for our health, but most people don’t know why. We’re about to fix that.
Potassium is an electrolyte as well as the third most abundant mineral in the body. Its electrolyte properties make it perfect for functions like regulating fluids, sending signals to nerves, and regulating muscle and heart contractions. Basically anything that involves sending electrical impulses in the human body involves potassium.
Your body can’t produce potassium on its own, so it has to be consumed. The good news is, it’s easy to get enough potassium if you eat a balanced diet. Ideal amounts fall between 3,500-4,700mg per day. Here are some foods that are high in potassium followed by the amount of potassium in a 3.5oz serving:
• Beet greens, cooked: 909 mg
• Yams, baked: 670 mg
• Pinto beans, cooked: 646 mg
• White potatoes, baked: 544 mg
• Portobello mushrooms, grilled: 521 mg
• Avocado: 485 mg
• Sweet potato, baked: 475 mg
• Spinach, cooked: 466 mg
• Kale: 447 mg
• Salmon, cooked: 414 mg
• Bananas: 358 mg
• Peas, cooked: 271 mg