If you have kidney problems your doctor may recommend that you start a low-potassium diet to help maintain normal heart function. A low potassium diet is defined as one that contains less than 2 000 milligrams of potassium per day. Less a strictly regimented diet than a dietary guideline a low-potassium diet adopted by following these guidelines and incorporate these foods into your diet
Learn to read labels
Starting a low-potassium diet means getting used to reading labels. Go through your pantry (or store aisles) and identify any foods that are high in potassium. Either throw them out or limit their presence in your diet. Remember to pay attention to the serving size levels when calculating potassium can eat in a serving
learn to identify High-Potassium Foods
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables :. Fruits and vegetables do not come with labels. Until you get more familiar with the potassium levels in the fresh food you eat check out the reference section for a useful site that lists Potassium Content of Common Foods.”
Hidden Danger: Do not ingest the liquid from canned or juice from cooked meat and avoid salt substitutes which are also high in potassium
Incorporate Low-Potassium Foods Use “Potassium Content” list in the Resources section below to identify low potassium foods you should include in your diet. Your low potassium diet should include a variety of these foods and a significant amount of fruits and vegetables.
As you learn more about the potassium content of common vegetables and fruits you may be disturbed to find that some of your favorite vegetables have a surprisingly high potassium content. While you should monitor your intake of these foods there is a way to leak potassium from vegetables such as potatoes carrots and beets.
Peel them and cut them 1/8 inch thick. Then rinse them in hot water for a second or two before soaking in hot water (approximately a 10: 1 water to vegetable ratio) for at least two hours. Rinse them under warm water for a few seconds. Finally cook them in water (about 5: 1 water-to-vegetable ratio).
Plan your meals
Now that you are more educated about high- and low-potassium foods you have tools to plan your diet. Every Sunday sit down and plan your meals for the week before heading out to the grocery store. Take out a calculator and add up your daily potassium intake to ensure that it will remain below the levels the doctor recommended.
As you become more acclimated to diet and familiar with foods you can and can not eat you meal planning becomes almost second nature and you will spend less and less time to plan your meals.”