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Food NamePotassiumBanana Equiv.
Butter, salted240.1
Butter, whipped, with salt260.1
Butter oil, anhydrous50.0
Cheese, blue2560.7
Cheese, brick1360.4
Cheese, brie1520.4
Cheese, camembert1870.5
Cheese, caraway930.3
Cheese, cheddar980.3
Cheese, cheshire950.3
Cheese, colby1270.4
Cheese, cottage, creamed, large or small curd1040.3
Cheese, cottage, creamed, with fruit900.3
Cheese, cottage, nonfat, uncreamed, dry, large or small curd1370.4
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Usage Note

  • Potassium values are in milligrams and calculated per 100g of food weight.
  • The BANANA Equivalent of a food is its potassium content in comparison with the potassium content of an average banana, food weights being the same.
    We introduce the concept of BANANA Equivalent to make potassium comparison between foods less abstract than just using potassium measurements in milligrams.
    For example, the BANANA Equivalent of Sun-dried tomatoes is 9.6. This means ounce for ounce, Sun-dried tomatoes has almost 10 times the potassium of banana.
    Similarly, Raw broccoli has .9 Banana Equivalent. That means, gram for gram, raw broccoli has 90% the potassium content of banana.

  • How much potassium is there in a banana?
    A small 6" to 7" banana (100 grams in weight) has about 360 mg of potassium. The dietary guideline for adults is to consume approximately 4,700 mg of potassium a day.
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Hyperkalemia: High potassium levels

The kidneys normally remove excess potassium from the body. High potassium levels are more likely to occur when the kidneys are not working properly and are less able to get rid of potassium.

If your kidneys are not working well enough, taking extra potassium (for example from using salt substitutes that contain potassium or taking potassium supplements prescribed by your health care provider) could lead to problems.

Certain medicines may cause potassium levels to build up because of their affect on the kidneys, including water pills (diuretics) and blood pressure medicines.

Your blood potassium level is normally 3.6 to 5.2 millimoles per liter (mmol/L). Having a blood potassium level higher than 7.0 mmol/L can be dangerous and requires immediate treatment.

Addison's disease is a disorder that causes an increase in total potassium.

Changes in your diet can help both prevent and treat high potassium levels.


Hyperkalemia Symptoms

There are often no symptoms with high levels of potassium. Symptoms that may occur include:

  • Nausea
  • Slow, weak, or irregular pulse
  • Sudden collapse, when the heartbeat gets too slow or even stops

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Vegetables with Higher Concentration of Potassium than Banana

Banana is often cited as a food with high potassium content. However, ounce for ounce, there are many vegetables with higher concentration of potassium. A 100 grams of banana has approximately 360 milligrams of potassium. Below is a list of over 100 vegetables with higher potassium content than the banana benchmark.
Potassium values are in milligrams per 100 grams of food weight.



Vegetables with Higher Potassium Content than Banana Potassium

Tomatoes, red, dried 3427

Chives, dried or dehydrated 3149

Carrot chips, dried 2540

Palm hearts, cooked (assume fat not added in cooking) 1806

Vegetable mixture, dried 1795

White potato, chips, reduced fat 1744

White potato, chips, unsalted, reduced fat 1744

Sweetpotatoes, Puerto Rican, fried 1665

White potato, chips 1642

White potato, chips, fat free 1628

Onion, dehydrated 1622

Algae, dried 1304

White potato chips, fat free, made with Olean 1290

White potato, chips, unsalted 1275

Seaweed, dried 1244

White potato, sticks 1237

White potato, dry, powdered, not reconstituted 1084

Tomato paste 1014

White potato, chips, restructured 1008

White potato skins, chips 1008

White potato, chips, restructured, reduced fat and reduced sodium 1005

White potato skins, with adhering flesh, fried 1001

Beet greens, cooked, fat not added in cooking 903

Beet greens, cooked 875

Beet greens, cooked, fat added in cooking 875

Cabbage, fresh, pickled, Japanese style 853

White potato, french fries, from fresh, deep fried 810


Vegetables with Higher Potassium Content than Banana Potassium

White potato skins, with adhering flesh, fried, with cheese 799

Potato puffs, cheese-filled 778

Beet greens, raw 762

Taro, baked 762

Taro chips 755

Potato based snacks, reduced fat, low sodium, all flavors 726

Tannier, cooked 725

Onion soup, dry mix, not reconstituted 721

White potato, chips, restructured, baked 721

Taro leaves, cooked, fat not added in cooking 716

Dasheen, boiled 707

White potato skins, with adhering flesh, fried, with cheese and bacon 707

White potato, chips, restructured, fat free, made with Olean 705

Bamboo shoots, cooked, fat added in cooking 686

Yam, Puerto Rican (Name), cooked 665

Tannier fritters, Puerto Rican style (Frituras de yautia) 610

Barbecue sauce, low sodium 609

Cress, raw 606

Vegetable soup, dry mix, not reconstituted 605

Ripe plantain fritters, Puerto Rican style (Pionono) 605

Tsukemono, Japanese pickles 593

Yam buns, Puerto Rican style (Bunuelos de name) 587

Dasheen, fried 586

White potato, hash brown 573

White potato, hash brown, from fresh 573

Beans, lima, immature, cooked, from canned, fat not added in cooking 567

Stuffed tannier fritters, Puerto Rican style (Alcapurrias) 567

Beans, lima, immature, cooked, fat not added in cooking 567

Beans, lima, immature, cooked, from fresh, fat not added in cooking 567

Tabasco sauce 564

Spinach, raw 558


Vegetables with Higher Potassium Content than Banana Potassium

Parsley, raw 554

White potato, french fries, from frozen, deep fried 553

Beans, lima, immature, cooked, from canned, fat added in cooking 552

Beans, lima, immature, cooked 552

Beans, lima, immature, cooked, from fresh, fat added in cooking 552

Beans, lima, immature, cooked, from fresh 552

Beans, lima, immature, cooked, fat added in cooking 552

Beans, lima, immature, cooked, from canned 552

Chard, cooked, fat not added in cooking 546

Plantain chips 536

Chard, cooked, fat added in cooking 532

Chard, cooked 532

White potato, baked, peel eaten, fat not added in cooking 531

Ripe plantain meat pie, Puerto Rican style (Pinon) 531

Green plantain with cracklings, Puerto Rican style (Mofongo) 531

White potato, french fries 527

White potato, hash brown, with cheese 523

Cilantro, raw 521

White potato, roasted, fat not added in cooking 519

White potato, baked, peel eaten 519

White potato, baked, peel eaten, fat added in cooking 519

Bitter melon leaves, horseradish leaves, jute leaves, or radish leaves, cooked, fat not added in 512

Plantain, fried, NS as to green or ripe 508

Fried ripe plantain, Puerto Rican style (Platano maduro frito) 508

Casabe, cassava bread 507

Ripe plantain, raw 499

Parsley, cooked (assume fat not added in cooking) 499

Sweetpotato leaves, squash leaves, pumpkin leaves, chrysanthemum leaves, bean leaves, or swamp 498

cabbage, cooked, fat not added in cooking

Breadfruit, fried 498

Sweetpotato, baked, peel eaten, fat not added in cooking 493


Vegetables with Higher Potassium Content than Banana Potassium

Bamboo shoots, cooked, fat not added in cooking 492

Fried green plantain, Puerto Rican style (Tostones) 491

White potato, stuffed, baked, peel eaten, stuffed with bacon and cheese 490

White potato skins, with adhering flesh, baked 490

Breadfruit, cooked, fat not added in cooking 488

White potato, stuffed, baked, peel eaten, stuffed with cheese 487

White potato, roasted, fat added in cooking 483

White potato, roasted 483

Sweetpotato, baked, peel eaten, fat added in cooking 479

Sweetpotato, baked, peel eaten 479

White potato, stuffed, baked, peel eaten, stuffed with chili 478

Sweetpotato, baked, peel not eaten, fat not added in cooking 471

Beans, lima, raw 467

Green plantains, boiled 465

Plantain, boiled, NS as to green or ripe 465

Spinach, cooked, fat not added in cooking 464

Spinach, cooked, from fresh, fat not added in cooking 464

Ripe plantain, boiled 462

Sweetpotato 457

Plantain, ripe, rolled in flour, fried 457

Sweetpotatoes, Puerto Rican, roasted or baked 456

Sweetpotato, baked, peel not eaten 453

Pigeon peas, cooked, fat not added in cooking 453

Pigeon peas, cooked, from fresh, fat not added in cooking 453

Sweetpotato, baked, peel not eaten, fat added in cooking 453

Pigeon peas, cooked, from canned, fat not added in cooking 453

Spinach, cooked, fat added in cooking 452

Spinach, cooked 452

Spinach, cooked, from fresh, fat added in cooking 452

Spinach, cooked, from fresh 452