What is Potassium?

Potassium is a mineral that helps muscles and nerves work the right way. It is found in many foods, especially milk, fruits, and vegetables. Too much potassium affects heart rhythm or can cause cardiac arrest without warning. Some patients with kidney disease are not able to get rid of potassium well enough in their urine, and need to limit the potassium in their diet.

High Potassium Fruits

  • Bananas
  • Oranges and orange juice
  • Prunes and prune juice
  • Nectarines
  • Apricots
  • Avocado, guacamole
  • Cantaloupe/Honeydew melon
  • Papaya
  • Mango
  • Dates, dried fruits
  • Kiwi

Choose Instead

  • Apples, applesauce
  • Grapes
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Fruit cocktail
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Tangerines
  • Grapefruit

High Potassium Vegetables

  • White and sweet potatoes
  • Tomatoes and tomate juice
  • Tomato sauce, tomato paste
  • Beet greens
  • Spinach
  • Dried peas
  • Dried beans
  • Nuts and peanut butter
  • Winter Squash
  • Broccoli

Choose Instead

  • Green Beans
  • Green Peas
  • Cucumbers
  • Onions
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • Summer Squash
  • Green Peppers
  • Eggplant
  • Celery

Other High Potassium Foods

  • Milk, yogurt, ice cream
  • Caramel and chocolate
  • Sports drinks
  • Salt substitute
  • Bran breads and cereals

Choose Instead

  • Non-dairy creamer
  • Sherbet
  • Sorbet
  • Clear Sodas
  • Apple
  • Grape Juice
  • Mrs. Dash
  • No-Salt Seasoning Blends
  • White Breads
  • Croissants
  • Bagels