Need Potassium? Ditch Bananas and OJ

Often during initial weight loss a temporary potassium depletion occurs. Why are doctors are so quick to suggest high carb options like bananas or orange juice.  Diabetes and obesity are rampant, yet the best doctors can manage for potassium supplementation is … fruit?

As we’ve posted before it’s rather amazing that doctors don’t take a single nutrition class in medical school. Not one! Not in premed studies either. Check any major medical school 4 year curriculum — and you’ll see — no nutritional training required.

For anyone following a low carb plan it wouldn’t help anyway. Nutritionists and dietitians are trained to the carb heavy USDA food pyramid.

This is why we get the parroted the “1200 calories a day” and “8 glasses of water” mantra. They don’t know that it’s true, but that’s what we’ve always heard and that’s what they will repeat to you. It’s a little like girls on a school playground repeating the wrong info. When questioned what’s their answer? “Well, that’s what I heard.”

Moral of the story: Don’t be afraid to question your doctor. And feel free to pick low carb high potassium foods that pack much more nutrition than high carb bananas or orange juice!

Check this list of potassium in fruits and vegetables (highest to lowest) and see that bananas & orange juice are near the bottom of the list!

A healthy Kimkins dinner that includes broiled tuna and steamed spinach racks up 1,771 mg of potassium — 5 times as much as a banana!  The typical potassium pill is only 100 mg.

Summer squash, 1 large (zucchini/courgettes)
Calories 102
Carbs 22 grams
Potassium 980 mg

Tuna, cooked 6 oz
Calories 259
Carbs 0 grams
Potassium 890 mg

Spinach, cooked, 1 cup
Calories 44
Carbs 7 grams
Potassium 881 mg

Beef, flank steak, 6 oz cooked
Calories 316
Carbs 0 grams
Potassium 595 mg

Mushrooms, cooked, 1 cup
Calories 43
Carbs 8 grams
Potassium 552 mg

Broccoli, cooked, 1 cup chopped
Calories 64
Carbs 13 grams
Potassium 536 mg

Collard greens, 1 cup cooked
Calories 61
Carbs 12 grams
Potassium 424 mg

Chicken breast, 6 oz cooked
Calories 255
Carbs 0 grams
Potassium 396mg

Banana, 6-7”
Calories 90
Carbs 23 grams
Potassium 361 mg

Orange juice, 6 oz
Calories 77
Carbs 19 grams
Potassium 328 mg

Bell peppers, 1 large
Calories 32
Carbs 11 grams
Potassium 287 mg

Lettuce, romaine, 2 cups shredded
Calories 16
Carbs 3 grams
Potassium 232 mg

How’s a potassium rich low carb peppers, onion, mushroom, spinach & feta Kimkins omelette sound?  A dinner of broiled tuna & steamed spinach racks up 1,771 mg!

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