Thursday, January 7, 2010

Potassium Power

Cutting back on sodium can be one way to lower high blood pressure. Now there's another drug-free way you can reduce your numbers: adding potassium to your diet. What really helps is simultaneously cutting back on your sodium intake while consuming more potassium-rich foods. For the greatest benefits, limit sodium to 2,300 milligrams a day and get at least 4,700 milligrams of potassium.

Potassium Power Food
1 baked sweet potato 694 mg
1 small baked potato 610 mg
8 ounces nonfat yogurt 580 mg
3 ounces halibut, cooked 490 mg
1 banana 422 mg
1 cup milk 380 mg
3 ounces lean center rib pork loin, roasted 371 mg
1 cup cantaloupe 368 mg
1 cup orange juice 355 mg
1 cup oatmeal 120 mg