6 foods higher in potassium than bananas and the jaw-dropping benefits || Dunnebells

There is no denying that food is the fuel to your body. The nutrients that you require can be divided into categories like macronutrients and micronutrients. The macros are probably what you think about and hear about most; like proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Something like potassium is an under-appreciated mineral. Potassium has so many health benefits but what foods should you be eating that are high in potassium?

WHAT IS POTASSIUM?

Potassium is a mineral that our body needs in micro amounts. It's extremely good for you and your body when taken in the right amounts. Potassium is a mineral that works as an electrolyte in your body. Proper mineral consumption is crucial for maintaining a good metabolism rate. Metabolism is associated with a lot of vital organs and mechanisms in the body. Thus, a poor metabolism rate can affect your health in so many ways, especially your kidneys. My recommendation is to try your best each day to consume the right amounts of vitamins and minerals.

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WHAT FOODS ARE HIGH IN POTASSIUM?

When you think of potassium-rich foods, you are probably thinking of grabbing a couple of bananas. But that's not your only option. Here's a list of six of the best sources of potassium.

1. LEAFY GREENS

Since childhood, we've heard that one must always eat your greens. That is because green leafy vegetables contain a lot of vital nutrients. Loaded with potassium, leafy green vegetables are easy to consume, as they can be eaten raw or cooked. Add a few leafy greens to your salad, sandwich or subs. If you don't like the raw taste, you can have them in soups or broth. Kale, broccoli, and spinach are the best leafy greens you can consume.

2. ROOT VEGETABLES

Root vegetables have a huge diversity. There are several root vegetables which are all equally good for potassium consumption. Let’s start with a few all-time favorites; sweet potato, carrots, radish, potatoes, etc. All these roots can be versatilely cooked as per your taste. Beetroot, radish, and carrot are potassium sources that you can add to a salad and eat easily.

3. SEAFOOD

For all the fish lovers out there, seafood is a fantastic source of potassium. The bonus is that seafood is packed with an omega-3 fatty acid, which is very good for your overall health. It aids in reducing inflammation.

4. VINE FRUITS

Fruits that grow on vines and climbers are called vine fruits. Tomato, zucchini, eggplant, pumpkins may not be what you think about when you hear vine fruits. Don’t look past these potassium-packed fruits. They can be consumed in salads or a delicious rice bowl.

5. BEANS

Beans are fantastic sources of proteins, fibres, and potassium. There is a variety of beans which can be consumed in multiple ways. Be creative and eat your beans in the form of salads, snacks, side dish, etc. Make them a part of your meals regularly. If you are interested in completely transforming the way you consume beans check out my popular black bean brownies recipe.

6. DAIRY

Dairy products contain a good amount of potassium and calcium. Like anything, various dairy products have different amounts of potassium, like yogurt, milk, curd, etc. Check out the nutritional content of some dairy products and try to consume at least one dairy product each day to improve your overall health.

ARE YOU EATING ENOUGH FOODS HIGH IN POTASSIUM?

Potassium is just one of many necessary minerals for your body. Make sure you eat a healthy and balanced diet which provides all kinds of macronutrients and micronutrients.

The good news is that if you are already eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, you are most likely getting enough potassium. 

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