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July 2, 2011 10:48 AM Subscribe
Apart from its overdose potential, is there anything wrong with using potassium chloride to supplement my daily potassium intake?
posted by Nomyte to health & fitness (15 answers total)
Established dietary guidelines recommend
consuming about 1500 mg sodium and about 4700 mg potassium daily. I'm sure that, like most of us, I am well over the suggested intake for sodium and well below the suggested intake for potassium.
Bananas are the most potassium-rich foods I eat regularly. Even so, a single banana only provides 8-10% of the daily recommended intake. I certainly don't eat ten bananas a day.
Over-the-counter potassium supplements exist, but the amount of potassium they contain is miniscule, about 1-2% of the daily recommended intake. That doesn't seem worth the expense and hassle.
Potassium chloride is the main ingredient in a range of table salt substitutes. Are there any health benefits to be had by switching to a table salt substitute for cooking and seasoning? Abstractly, I understand that doing so will lower my sodium intake and dramatically increase my potassium intake. Am I overlooking anything? What are the reasons more health-conscious people don't go this route?