June 29, 2013 3:28 PM Subscribe
FDA recommends 4700mg of potassium intake per day. That translates to appr. 11 bananas or 5 unpeeled potatos, to pick two common and beloved examples among potassium-richest foods. Various other foods (dairy, nuts/seeds, fruit) also offer up to a few hundred mg per serving. But how is anyone able to meet 4700mg without overeating, especially those who are active and lose potassium through exercise/sweat?
posted by taramosalata to Health & Fitness (12 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Rampant on the internet, meanwhile, are 1) confident shruggy assurances that, sure, a healthy diet delivers enough potassium naturally, so just eat a banana a day or some more spinach and you'll be fine; 2) warnings about the dangers of too much potassium; and 3) few and foggy explanations of whether potassium supplements work and which form (gluconate vs. chloride vs. nitrate vs. salt form) works best.
(Of the previous threads touching on K, I've found some relevant discussion at 1
, and 3
, but they don't directly address my concerns.)
Perhaps due to my own deficit of the potassium that might quell my restless nerves, all this deficient information is driving me crazy. Please shed more definitive light?