A: While potassium balance is important for muscular function and cardiovascular health, there are some conditions that require the adoption of a low-potassium diet. It’s great that you’re actively seeking nutritious foods to eat that still allow you to follow your diet! Many fruits and vegetables are low in potassium while offering plenty of other nutrients. Some of them include one serving of:
- Fruits: Apples, apricots, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, cranberries, grapes, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, raspberries, strawberries, and watermelon.
Vegetables: Asparagus, green beans, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, corn
- cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, peas, water chestnuts, and yellow and zucchini squash.
It’s important to remember that almost all foods have some potassium. Consuming more than one serving at a time of these fruits and vegetables can turn a normally low-potassium food into a high-potassium serving of that food. Also, cooking these vegetables in a substantial amount of water and draining them can leech potassium out of vegetables, or cause it to be pulled out into the surrounding water.