5 Foods with More Potassium Than a Banana.

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The banana is nature’s energy bar. Some athletes and their trainers even believe that bananas are superior to energy drinks! Bananas give you 11% of your daily potassium requirement. Some studies also suggest that bananas give athletes more endurance than a sports drink.

Potassium is an essential electrolyte for the body. This mineral helps control your muscle’s impulses throughout your body. Due to this control, this allows cells to communicate and function properly. Even with all of these great benefits, some people still suffer from potassium deficiency. Individuals with a potassium deficiency report:

Muscle cramps

Dizzy spells

Heart palpitations

Fatigue

Some people are pretty picky about eating bananas. Thankfully, bananas are not the only fruit in which you can get potassium. Several others are just as high or even higher in potassium than bananas. Check it out!

Avocados.

Avocados are rich in potassium. They have even more potassium than a banana! Bananas contain about 487mg of potassium, while avocados boast a remarkable 708mg in just one cup of sliced avocado.

Sweet Potato

One sweet potato is about 5 inches long or 130 grams in weight. One sweet potato can give you about 438mg of potassium. This root vegetable also has a high amount of complex carbohydrates that help rev up your glycogen use

Plain, Non-Fat Yogurt

One serving of plain, non-fat yogurt is about 579 grams of potassium compared to a bananas 487mg. This snack also contains protein, which is excellent for those who are trying to lose weight by keeping you full in between meals.

Coconut Water

Some people love coconut water, and others hate it. However, coconut water is excellent to rehydrate with after an intense workout. With 480mg of potassium in just one glass, you are sure to replace your electrolytes without all the sugar of other sports drinks.

Spinach

Popeye’s favorite, spinach, packs 839mg of potassium! That’s nearly double of what a banana gives you. Add this leafy green to smoothies, burgers, salads, and so much more. The possibilities are almost endless! Get creative.

The potassium-rich foods in your diet will help you stay healthy while losing weight. Bananas are great, but any extra potassium while working out consistently is highly recommended due to the loss of electrolytes. Also, it gets boring eating the same thing all the time. These foods help you avoid getting bored and reaching for something full of artificial flavors and sugars.

 

Elsie Young