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Daily Value for Potassium and Kidney Diets
For people with healthy kidneys a high potassium intake is considered healthy. The daily goal is to consume enough high potassium foods to provide at least 3500 mg potassium.
Some but not all foods include potassium on the Nutrition Facts Label. An understanding of what to look for can help make grocery shopping easier. Here’s a general potassium DV guideline to help interpret the numbers when reading food labels:
Up to 4 % DV = 0-140 mg, low potassium
Up to 7 % DV = 141-250 mg, medium potassium
Up to 14% DV = 251-500 mg, high potassium
Over 20% DV = 700 mg or more, very high potassium
Each person has individual requirements for potassium depending on kidney function, lab values, appetite and type of dialysis treatment. It’s a good idea for people with chronic kidney disease to always check with their kidney care team rather than guess about their diet requirements for potassium.