Super Potatoes are Packed with Potassium

Researchers at the University of Washington have found that plain old white potatoes are the largest and most affordable source of potassium of any vegetable or fruit.

And that’s great news.

Because increased levels of potassium have been shown to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease and reduce hypertension.

Unfortunately, the researchers neglected to mention that:

  1. It is the ratio of potassium : sodium that helps reduce hypertension and the incidence of CV disease, and
  2. The vast majority of potatoes consumed in the U.S. are deep fried and covered in salt.

So while plain (baked, boiled, roasted, mashed) potatoes are a brilliant food choice for increasing potassium and lowering high blood pressure, fries and chips are not.

 

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Douglas Robb

Doug Robb is a personal trainer, a fitness blogger and author, a competitive athlete, and a student of nutrition and exercise science. He's also the co-founder of the Hive Health Media. Since 2008, Doug has expanded his impact by bringing his real-world experience online via the health & fitness blog – Health Habits.

3 thoughts on “Super Potatoes are Packed with Potassium

  • December 30, 2011 at 5:01 am
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    ROFL when I saw the McDonalds with the infamous poison skul

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  • October 7, 2011 at 9:13 am
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    This is such a great information especially for a potato sucker like me. Actually, I also encourage my children to eat mashed potatoes once in a while.

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  • September 28, 2011 at 5:16 pm
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    Sad but true – people eat french fries and believe they’re getting the benefits of a potato. I’ve even heard people reason that french fries are considered a vegetable so they’re actually a health food.

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