Hypokalemia can be due to a lack of potassium in your diet, though more commonly it’s the result of taking certain prescription medications. While low potassium in the body is a concern, it’s also possible to get too much, leading to blood potassium levels that are too high — called hyperkalemia.
Vegetables high in potassium include beet greens, lima beans, swiss chard, potatoes, acorn squash, spinach, boy choy, mushrooms, tomatoes, and, sweet potatoes. The current daily value (%DV) for potassium is 3500mg. Below is a list of vegetables high in potassium, for more, see the articles on high potassium foods, and high potassium fruits.
Swiss chard gets excellent rankings in our rating system for magnesium, iron, manganese, copper, and potassium; very good rankings for calcium and phosphorus; and a good ranking for zinc. Since many of these essential minerals are often deficient in the average U.S. diet, this vegetable can make an especially helpful addition in many meal plans.
Clam bakes are another popular way to enjoy clams, and they are great for keeping the potassium in the clam. Calamari (squid) is most frequently fried, and often coated with batter. Of course the batter will influence the sodium and potassium content of the final dish.
Consuming sweet potatoes and other potassium-rich foods such as prunes, raisins and milk can help you maintain your potassium levels. Drink beverages fortified with electrolytes after exercising to replace fluids and minerals lost through sweat.
The problem is, the standard American diet favors sodium over potassium, causing an imbalance that can lead to high blood pressure and other complications. Boost your potassium intake with a daily dose of yogurt served with other foods that are also good sources of the mineral.