Potassium Rich Foods

potassium content of 8,000 foods & their BANANA EQUIVALENT

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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

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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Potassium Deficiency in American Diet

Recent national nutrition surveys show that, on average, Americans consume about 2600 mg potassium per day. This is far from the recommended goal of 4700 mg or more for potassium. In fact, a recent report found that well below 5% of the population is meeting the potassium goal.

Sodium/Potassium Ratio Linked to Cardiovascular Disease Risk

The results of the new Trials of Hypertension Prevention Follow-up Study, published in the January 12, 2009, issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, showed a significant increase in the risk of cardiovascular disease with higher ratios of sodium to potassium. A high sodium/potassium ratio was a stronger indicator of increased risk among the participants in the study than levels of either sodium or potassium alone.

These results support previous findings that lowering dietary sodium intake while increasing potassium intake can reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease.

Click link to use our Sodium-Potassium Ratio Nutrient Database.

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.

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.

Hypokalemia: Low potassium levels

Hypokalemia is a metabolic imbalance characterized by extremely low potassium levels in the blood. It is a symptom of another disease or condition, or a side effect of diuretic drugs. The body needs potassium for the contraction of muscles (including the heart), and for the functioning of many complicated proteins. The normal concentration of potassium in the body is regulated by the kidneys through the excretion of urine. When the kidneys are functioning normally, the amount of potassium in the diet is sufficient for use by the body and the excess is usually excreted through urine and sweat.

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Potassium-Rich Foods

List of common American foods highest in potassium content. Potassium values are in milligrams per 100 grams of food weight.

Potassium-Rich Foods Potassium

Tea, powdered instant, unsweetened, dry 6040

Coffee and chicory, dry instant powder 3535

Coffee, dry instant powder, NS as to regular or decaffeinated 3535

Coffee, dry instant powder, regular 3535

Coffee, dry, acid neutralized 3535

Coffee, decaffeinated, and chicory, dry instant powder 3501

Coffee, dry instant powder, decaffeinated 3501

Tomatoes, red, dried 3427

Chives, dried or dehydrated 3149

Cocoa, whey, and low-calorie sweetener mixture, not reconstituted 2702

Cocoa powder with nonfat dry milk and low calorie sweetener, dry mix, not reconstituted 2702

Cocoa, whey, and low calorie sweetener, fortified, dry mix, not reconstituted 2702

Yeast extract spread 2600

Carrot chips, dried 2540

Soybean meal 2515

Cereal beverage with beet roots, powdered instant, dry 2443

Postum, dry powder 2443

Textured vegetable protein, dry 2384

Milk beverage, powder, with nonfat dry milk and low calorie sweetener, dry mix, not reconstituted, 2240


Milk beverage, powder, with nonfat dry milk and low calorie sweetener, dry mix, not reconstituted, 2200

flavors other than chocolate

Whey, sweet, dry 2080

Yeast 2000

Meal replacement or nutritional supplement, Cambridge diet formula, powdered, nonfat milk solids 2000

base, dry, not recon- stituted

Coffee and cocoa (mocha) mix, dry instant powder, with whitener and low calorie sweetener, 1856

Coffee and cocoa (mocha) mix, dry instant powder with whitener and low calorie sweetener 1856

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

Vegetable mixture, dried 1795

Potassium-Rich Foods Potassium

White potato, chips, unsalted, reduced fat 1744

White potato, chips, reduced fat 1744

Milk, dry, nonfat, not reconstituted 1705

Milk, dry, not reconstituted, NS as to whole, lowfat, or nonfat 1705

Instant breakfast, powder, sweetened with low calorie sweetener, not reconstituted 1705

Papaya, dried 1702

Milk, dry, lowfat, not reconstituted 1688

Sweetpotatoes, Puerto Rican, fried 1665

White potato, chips 1642

White potato, chips, fat free 1628

Onion, dehydrated 1622

Buttermilk, dry, not reconstituted 1592

Dynatrim, meal replacement, powder 1590

Meal replacement, protein type, milk- and soy-based, powdered, not reconstituted 1573

Cocoa powder, not reconstituted (no dry milk) 1524

Banana flakes, dehydrated 1491

Rice bran, uncooked 1485

Rice polishings 1485

Soy nuts 1470

Molasses 1464

Cod, dried, salted 1458

Fish, dried 1458

Waffle, nut and honey 1447

Milk, dry, whole, not reconstituted 1330

Octopus, dried 1327

Banana chips 1317

Algae, dried 1304

White potato chips, fat free, made with Olean 1290

White potato, chips, unsalted 1275

Seaweed, dried 1244

White potato, sticks 1237

Potassium-Rich Foods Potassium

High calorie milk beverage, powder, not reconstituted 1221

Chocolate, instant, dry mix, fortified with vitamins and minerals, not reconstituted 1193

Milk, malted, dry mix, fortified, not reconstituted, chocolate 1193

Wheat bran, unprocessed 1182

Protein supplement, milk-based, powdered, not reconstituted 1176

Apricot, dried, uncooked 1162

Lychee, dried (lychee nuts) 1110

White potato, dry, powdered, not reconstituted 1084

All-Bran with Extra Fiber 1050

Pistachio nuts 1042

Coffee and cocoa (mocha) mix, dry instant powder with whitener, presweetened 1033

All-Bran 1020

Tomato paste 1014

White potato, chips, restructured 1008

Coffee, dry instant powder, with whitener and sugar 1008

White potato skins, chips 1008

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

White potato skins, with adhering flesh, fried 1001

Sorghum syrup 1000

All-Bran Bran Buds, Kellogg's (formerly Bran Buds) 1000

Papad (Indian appetizer), grilled or broiled 1000

Peach, dried, uncooked 996

Milk, malted, dry mix, fortified, not reconstituted, flavors other than chocolate 969

Wheat germ, with sugar and honey 964

Optimum Slim, Nature's Path 956

Plum, rock salt, dried 950

Instant breakfast, powder, not reconstituted 947

Wheat germ, plain 947

Bran and malted flour cereal (Includes: 100% Bran) 947

Squid, dried 933

Mousse, chocolate, lowfat, reduced calorie, prepared from dry mix, water added 919

Potassium-Rich Foods Potassium

Coffee, dry instant powder, with whitener and low calorie sweetener 909

Meal replacement, Amway's Nutrilite brand Positrim Drink Mix, powdered nonfat dry milk-based, dry, 907

not reconstituted

Beet greens, cooked, fat not added in cooking 903

Cream substitute, light, powdered 902

Fish moochim (Korean style), dried fish with soy sauce 893

Currants, dried 892

Beet greens, cooked, fat added in cooking 875

Beet greens, cooked 875

Tea, powdered instant, sweetened, dry 870

Flounder, smoked 868

Cabbage, fresh, pickled, Japanese style 853

Sunflower seeds, hulled, dry roasted 850

Meal replacement, protein type, milk-based, powdered, not reconstituted 847

Herring, dried, salted 828

Carob powder or flour 827

Fruit, dried (assume uncooked) 818

Flax seeds 813

Cream substitute, powdered 812

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

Pumpkin and/or squash seeds, hulled, unroasted 807

Pumpkin and/or squash seeds, hulled, roasted, without salt 806

Pumpkin and/or squash seeds, hulled, roasted, salted 806

Worcestershire sauce 800

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

Potato puffs, cheese-filled 778

Fiber One 774

Rice cereal with bananas, baby food, dry, instant 769

Taro, baked 762

Beet greens, raw 762

Milk, malted, dry mix, unfortified, not reconstituted, flavors other than chocolate 758

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