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September 22, 2011

Potassium and kidney diets: benefits and cautions

The renal diet….it’s confusing…and the rules don’t apply to everyone the same way. Today I want to look at potassium and who needs a restricted low potassium diet, who can benefit from eating more potassium-rich foods, and what the goals are for low, normal and high potassium.

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans includes a chapter on foods and nutrients to increase. Potassium is on this list because the average American diet does not include the recommended servings of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, milk and milk products. Research actually shows that a low sodium, high potassium diet helps reduce blood pressure and risk of stroke by 21%. Reduced risk of kidney stones and decreased bone loss are also listed as benefits of a high potassium diet. Read more…

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