View Full Version : Potassium

12-04-2005, 11:30 AM
I was looking around at some labels and even foods, like bananas, that claim to be "high in potassium" only give you %17 of dv. Regular multi vitamins usually give you like 4%. I think this might be something that is over looked in a lot of diets. What can you eat to you get enough? Would supplementing potassium be a good idea?

12-04-2005, 11:33 AM
You're jumping the gun. First determine how much is enough - percentages mean nothing. Then determine how much you get through your typical diet.

12-04-2005, 11:39 AM
Foods to look into: bananas, potatoes, cantaloupe, spinach, squash, beans, etc.

D Breyer
12-04-2005, 11:51 AM
what does potassium do?

12-04-2005, 12:31 PM
what does potassium do?

A lot of good I guess: http://www.vitamins-nutrition.org/vitamins/potassium.html

First determine how much is enough
I justed looked it up. I found an article that says "2 to 2.5 grams of potassium a day is adequate. Most Americans consume between 2 and 6 grams of potassium each day."
This is acutally a really good article.. pretty much just answered my question. Probably should have searched it 1st.
From this I would assume 5-6g of potassium would be good for bodybuilders.
That's a lot of bananas though..

12-04-2005, 01:58 PM
I have like 3 bananas a day. LOL. And sweet potatoes every week or so. I dont worry about potassium, if you eat healthy itll find you.

12-05-2005, 03:54 PM
Raisins have a crapload of potassium. Over 300mg in just a 1/4 cup.

12-06-2005, 12:28 PM
.... if you eat healthy itll find you.

That about says it all. Research nutrients as you are doing. Even so, keep intake of nutrients in balance to be healthy, too much can be a problem;