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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Fruits as a Source of Potassium

Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Lack of potassium in the blood (Hypokalemia) can cause heart problems. In addition to contraction of the muscles of the body, potassium is also serves as an electric introduction to the nervous system throughout the body. Adequate potassium in the body has a function as acid-base balance of the body.

Disturbance of balance would disrupt overall body condition. This imbalance is more worrisome when it disrupt cardiac function resulting in heart rhythm disorders. To prevent this problem, meet the needs of potassium in the body. Potassium can be obtained from skim milk, burgers, meat, and tomatoes. However, the largest intake of potassium can be obtained from fruits.

Among fruits, watermelon and bananas contain potassium at most. At least 1-2 bananas a day can bring the body's need for potassium. Another source of potassium is dates and raisins. Tomatoes also contain quite a lot of potassium. In the medium dose, tomatoes giving 340 mg of potassium, half the content of potassium in bananas. In addition, oranges, avocados, and strawberries have as much content of potassium.

Fruit is an important nutrient for the body. So do not forget the fruit in your diet.


Jennifer is Always Sick said...

I must be chalk full of potassium. lol I eat lots of tomato-based foods, bananas and oranges. In fact, bananas and oranges are two of the few fruits I can actually eat raw (oral allergy syndrome). Great post!

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