Health Watch - Nutrition Month: Potassium

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been offering some nutrition tips in recognition of National Nutrition Month. Sometimes you can make a difference in your health by changing your eating habits. If you’re trying to manage your blood pressure, one way to do so is by increasing your intake of potassium.

Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says melons are an excellent source of potassium. You can get about 20 percent of your recommended daily allowance of potassium from one-fourth of a cantaloupe. Since watermelon and cantaloupe aren’t in season right now, other good sources of potassium include avocados, dried apricots, figs, kiwi fruit, oranges, raisins, dates, beans, potatoes, tomatoes and grapefruit. The U.S. Food and Drug Association recommends that most adults get 4,044 milligrams of potassium a day. If you have high blood pressure, talk to your doctor about your potassium needs.

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March 2009

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