Potassium-Rich Foods For Diabetics

 
31-Dec-2010 by

If you or any of your family member is diabetic, include lots of Potassium rich foods in your daily diet. Potassium is an essential mineral which aids in the functioning of the pancreases gland and is responsible for maintaining the pH balance in the human body. Potassium also aids in the other vital body functions of the heart, brain, digestive system and circulatory system hence having a Potassium rich diet ensures overall good health.

                                  

Potassium deficiency (Hypokalemia) would lead weakness, muscle cramps and break down, excessive fatigue, lack of concentration, constipation and digestive disorders.

Potassium Rich Foods are good for diabetics as the mineral assists in proper functioning of the pancreas and hence is an important supplement prescribed for diabetes. Potassium helps to control blood sugar level and enhances utilization of insulin secreted by the pancreas. Potassium also aids in cell rejuvenation. 

While potassium supplement tablets can provide the required amount of the mineral, having a diet of potassium rich foods like raw fruits and vegetables is a more natural and healthy way to increase insulin level in the body as supplements are known to cause ulcers.

Here is a List of Potassium Rich Foods for Diabetics;

Raw fruits and vegetables, cereals and milk are rich sources of potassium. Fish, poultry and meat also have high amounts of potassium but should be consumed along with other foods to maintain a healthy acidic –alkaline balance.

Fruits- Apple, apricot, banana, dates, fig, grapefruit, kiwi, melons, mango, nectarines, orange, papaya, pear, plum, prune, strawberries, watermelon are good sources of potassium.

Vegetables – Avocado, artichokes, beetroot, bell pepper, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, eggplant, lima beans, mushroom, peas, potato, plantain, tomato, winter squash are high potassium foods.

Nuts and Dried Fruit – Almonds, Brazil nuts, peanuts and raisins should be included in your daily diet to provide for your potassium intake.

Milk and Yogurt are also rich in potassium which is readily assimilated by the body.

Fish and Poultry contain potassium and hence should be a part of your daily diet.

Honey, molasses, turmeric are other natural sources of the mineral.

Here are some sources along with the potassium amounts (more than 500mg) and their calorific value.

Potassium Rich Foods

Serving Size

Potassium Content

Calories

Raisins

1 cup

1089 mg

493

Baked potato

1 potato

1081 mg

278

Lima beans

1 cup

955 mg

209

Tomato products

1 cup

909 mg

25

Winter squash

1 cup

896 mg

63

Cooked spinach

1 cup

839 mg

42

Dried prunes

8 prunes

828 mg

161

Bananas

1 cup

594 mg

134

Plain yogurt

8 ounces

579 mg

154

Beetroot

1 cup

519 mg

90

Brussel sprouts

1 cup

504 mg

65

Orange juice

1 cup

496 mg

100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can consult your doctor or nutritionist to find out the exact content of potassium rich foods along with the calorific value. This would help you to choose the foods which you would like to include in your diet to ensure that your body is getting the required amount of potassium in a natural way.

Potassium rich foods for diabetics should be eaten after consulting your doctor as excess potassium may be stored in the body due to kidney problems and diabetic medicines, leading to other problems. 

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