Monday, June 11, 2007


I'm home from NIH and the doctor called to tell me that I'm low on Potassium so I need a supplement. I looked at a list of potassium-rich foods and it's no wonder I'm low: dried fruits, fresh fruits (bananas, strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, oranges), fresh vegetables (beets, greens, spinach, peas, tomatoes, mushrooms), fresh meats (turkey, fish, beef), fresh juices (orange), canned juices (grapefruit, prune, apricot). I can't eat most of the fresh fruits, but I should start eating bananas. I definitely can't handle eating the fresh vegetables when my stomach is upset. Orange juice is high in acid, which can upset my stomach, and so can grapefruit. I'm not touching prune juice. It's very hard to get potassium in my diet when everything is against me right now. Potassium pills are huge too - like horse pills.

The theme for this week will be Potassium. Bring on the bananas!


Anonymous said...

Potatoes and yogurt are both high in potassium. A baked sweet potato has 694 mg of potassium. Cooked plaintains (maybe easier on your stomach than a fresh banana) are delicious with brown sugar and have 358 mg per 1/2 cup. Bon appetit!

Anonymous said...

We'll all eat some bananas for you and send the energy your way. What about banana bread??? I'm happy to bake you some!!

Cheryl Horn

Becky B said...

I e-mailed this to you, but in case you didn't get it, you can go to this site and get a list of the potassium content (amongst other things) of all foods, listed with the highest content at the top.


Anonymous said...

I've tried the PlumSmart plum juice from Sunsweet. It's actually kind of pleasant. I had bad memories of prune juice from Grandma's house, and I was kind of wary. The PlumSmart doesn't have nearly the strong flavor. Might even be a good shot in your smoothies.


victory4angela said...

I'll try all of those things. My bloodcount today shows normal potassium - must be the bananas!