Potassium is an important nutrient, but there are many conditions – such as chronic kidney disease – which can make it desirable to have a low potassium diet. Below are ten foods that are incredibly healthy for you while at the same time not giving you too much potassium in your overall dietary intake.
Blueberries are one of the healthiest foods you can eat no matter what kind of diet you are on! These berries are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber, so they are great for improving digestion as well as for overall health.
Cranberries are rich in many nutrients, but potassium isn’t one of them. However, they are high in Vitamin C to help strengthen your immunity and a great source of fiber to help support good digestive health.
Surprisingly, apples are low in potassium, but they are high in vitamins and minerals and are also a good source of a special kind of fiber called pectin, which can improve digestion and help with weight loss since it makes you feel fuller for longer.
Though low in potassium, a serving of pineapple will give you nearly as much Vitamin C as an orange to boost your body’s ability to fight off illness; it also provides Vitamin B to maintain good energy levels.
America’s favorite summertime fruit also is great for a low-potassium diet, but it is high in antioxidants – including lycopene, also found in tomatoes — for your immune system and a rich source of Vitamins A and C.
Like apples, pears are low in potassium but are rich in Vitamin C and also in pectin, a special fiber which is particular good at cleansing the digestive tract and helping your body more efficiently remove wastes.
Lemons are also great for a low-potassium diet and although they are acidic, they actually have an alkalizing effect on the body, which is great for people with chronic inflammatory conditions like arthritis.
Like blueberries, these little fruits are not potassium-rich but do provide you with a wealth of antioxidants to help reduce damage to your tissues as well as dietary fiber and Vitamin C to help with your immunity and digestion.
While plums don’t provide a lot of potassium, they are incredibly rich in Vitamins A and C and are also low in sugar, which makes them a great choice for diabetics. Be careful, though: because of the drying process, prunes are actually a high potassium food.
Cabbage, as a cruciferous vegetable, is low in potassium but will give you tons of dietary fiber and contains compounds which help to ward off cancer as well as being an excellent aid for weight loss.
While these ten foods are all low in potassium, they all bring a whole trove of other healthful benefits with them. They are great for those who, for a variety of healthy reasons, need to keep an eye on their potassium intakes while still eating nutritiously.
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