Which foods have the most potassium?

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can you provide a link to the data on potassium levels of various foods?

Charlene / Originally Posted in Potassium and Autoimmune Disease

Answer:

The new USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference is now out! Our tax dollars hard at work to analyze the nutrient content of more than 8,000 foods. I’m so glad you asked this question, Charlene, because I’m surprised more don’t know about this incredible resource.

If you’re looking for the most concentrated sources of any particular nutrient in the new 2012 database, click here. Then scroll down to potassium and click on Potassium-Sorted By Nutrient Content and poof! A list of about a thousand foods ranked from the most concentrated source (2,675mg in each cup of concentrated tomato paste) down to zero in “foods” like lard and hard candies. You can also download the list alphabetically to make it easier to look up your favorite foods. And that’s just the beginning!

WARNING: browsing the Nutrient Database can be addictive for nutrition geeks–like me! (though if you were a true nutrition geek you’d already be sleeping with the entire database under your pillow :).

So the next time you see me do a video on fiber, for example, (like Relieving Yourself of Excess Estrogen) you can look up to see which foods have the most.

See Fat Burning Via Flavonoids and wonder where the heck you can find them? They’ve got the answer.

Amazed by Egg Industry Blind Spot or intrigued by Prevent Glaucoma and See 27 Miles Farther and want to know where to find those critical eyesight saving nutrients lutein and zeaxanthin? Look no further.

What foods have the most sugar? The most trans fats? The most cholesterol or the most vitamin C? It has it all!

A consumer friendly version available in PDF form of some of the most common nutrients in some of the most common foods can be downloaded here. And for more depth you can browse through individual reports on each of the 36 food groups.

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  • DontGMOwithme

    Do pickled beets have the same nutrient value as regular or cooked beets?

  • Mcooks

    Some things that I have been told are very high in potassium are: coconut water, panela or natural cane sugar and molasses, however, I can’t find these on the chart. Any idea where they actually fall? Thank you very much.

  • Subtly Nutty

    I wonder what happened to the database? It only says “The service is unavailable.”

  • GTO

    haha oh Dr Greger! I’ll have to try that “database under my pillow” trick

  • http://treegrower.org/ Calvin Leman

    Do kale and other leaves retain nutrients when picked from the garden and frozen for smoothies in winter?

    • http://www.DonForresterMD.com/ Don Forrester MD

      Freezing food when it is fresh is an excellent way to retain nutrients.

  • Debbie Barber

    Thank you for all the work that you do. My husband and I became Vegans two months ago. Your videos are invaluable to us. Because my husband is a scientist he relies on facts. Whenever he quizzes me I refer him to your website. Thanks again Dr. Greger!!!

  • Roberta Peck

    When I tried to access the research sites, I found the gov closed them for lack of funding.

  • Derrek

    I get a yeast smell and don’t eat hardly any processed food. Just fruits and veggies. Should I lay off the fruit or what else would you recommend as I’m vegan and eat lots of veggies? I also have dandruff. Any advice?

    Also this is random, but is there any nutritional value difference in the different types of whole wheats like red, white, and etc?

  • Stephen Lucker Kelly

    Doesn’t this website have all the information on a handy search?
    http://nutritiondata.self.com/tools/nutrient-search