Neal Shanblatt, MD

Low Potassium Diet
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If Dr. Shanblatt has advised you to reduce your potassium intake, try some of these suggestions.
Cook frozen fruits and vegetables in water, rinse and drain

Drain liquid from canned fruits and vegetables

Peel potatoes, slice, and soak for 4 hours prior to cooking

Soak leafy greens (collards, spinach, kale) for 4 hours prior to cooking

Avoid "salt substitutes" that contain potassium - read labels


Avoid or reduce the following high potassium foods:


Fruits:  apricot, banana, cantaloupe, dates, figs, grapefruit juice, honeydew, kiwi, nectarine, orange, orange juice, pear, prunes and prune juice


Vegetables:  asparagus, avocado, bamboo shoots, beets, beet greens, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, Chinese cabbage, celery, chard, kohlrabi, okra, chili pepper, potatoes, pumpkin, rutabaga,  cooked spinach, squash, tomato, tomato juice and sauce, vegetable juice


Legumes: black-eyed peas, chick peas, lentils, lima beans, navy beans, red kidney beans, soybeans, split peas


Nuts and seeds: almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, peanuts, peanut butter, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts


Miscellaneous: chocolate, cocoa, coconut, milk and milk products, molasses