Thursday, November 17, 2016

Bananas and potassium right? Here are 6 common foods that beat the banana at it's own game

So, coming off marathon week and the necessary build up of potassium in the body, I was reminded of an article I had read about the banana and how it is synonymous with potassium, even though it can be easily beaten in by quite a bit of foods.  Consequently, I did some research and came up with some of the most common, tasty alternatives to the banana.  You have to remember, not everyone is into bananas and their consistency.  A banana provides about 9% of the recommended daily amount of potassium.  For most, it's a love/hate thing.  Here are some choices that trump the yellow guy:

1.  Sweet Potato-  There are a lot of people that dig these babies.  A medium with skin, about 10% RDA.

2.  Tomato Sauce-  This obviously can vary, but the red stuff can give you around 16-18% of the RDA.

3.  Watermelon-  My favorite of this list.  It is about 14% of the RDA for a couple slices of watermelon.  A bonus is all the lycopene in it too!

4.  Black Beans-  This bean is a superfood if there ever was one.  The list of positives is long, especially the 16% RDA of potassium in a cup.

5.  Frozen Spinach- Not only cheap on the wallet and easy to deal with, frozen spinach packs about 11% in a cup.  Toss it in a shake or even your pasta sauce!

6.  Edamame-  The soybean is a plant-based protein wonder.  Add to that its 14% value of potassium and it just got better.

There are a number of other foods you could go for as well.  I just picked these as they represent a variety and are common in every store.  I'm not big on having to go to a tiny specialty shop just to get healthy food.  Feel free to comment on a healthy addition to this list!

1 comment:

Shay WLBM said...

Great info! I eat at least 4 of those those 6 regularly.