15 Common Foods High In Potassium

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Potassium is a mineral and electrolyte that is known to serve a number of important functions in the body. Unfortunately, the body lacks the ability to make its own potassium, so it needs to get it from other resources, like food and supplements. Potassium is required by the body for overall bone and heart health, as well as in helping lower blood sugar levels, lessening leg cramps, improving muscle tissue growth, boosting the nervous system and many other benefits.
According to healthline.com, ‘A national survey found that only 3% of Americans meet the recommendation for potassium intake,’ which is at least 4,700 milligrams recommended daily intake (RDI) for most adults. And since many people don’t actually eat a well-balanced diet all the time, they don’t consume enough fruits and vegetables per meal in order to reach their potassium requirement.
Although you can get your RDI from supplements, you can also add these 15 common foods that are high in potassium to your everyday diet and meal plan.

1. Beets

One common and easy to find food that’s rich in potassium are beets. This deep red colored vegetable happens to be rich in manganese, folate and potassium. A single cup of beets has at least 518 milligrams of potassium, which is equivalent to 11% of a person’s RDI. Plus the fact that it’s a rich antioxidant means that it helps counter inflammation and other types of oxidative damage. If you’re not necessarily a huge fan of beets, make sure to look up a recipe that uses them that you know you’ll enjoy.