Potassium is essential for the proper functioning of nearly every major system in the body. Yet the majority of Americans consume half or less of the recommended daily allowance. In fact, we’re eating twice as much sodium as we are of potassium, with lasting effects on our cardiovascular systems, bones, nerves and muscles.
What are the effects of low potassium, and how can you work more into your daily diet? Continue reading:
The Health Benefits of Potassium
Potassium helps to regulate blood pressure, which, in turn, lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke. It also offsets the effect of excess sodium in the body. Research has also shown improvements in bone health and a lower risk of kidney stones.
How to Eat More Potassium
Because potassium is present in so many fruits and vegetables, increasing your intake of whole foods will help you to consume more of it. Avoid processed foods, as they tend to be high in sodium and low in potassium.
All 18 Chestnuts soups are nutritionally balanced with a variety of vitamins and minerals. Our soups have anywhere between 6% and 15% of the daily recommended allowance of potassium per serving. If you’re specifically looking to add potassium to your diet, these nutrient-dense soups are a good option:
- Chestnut Maple Soup (710 mg potassium per serving)
- Asparagus Shiitake Soup (680 mg of potassium per serving)
- Southern Succotash Soup (660 mg of potassium per serving)
Learn more about the nutritional content of our plant-based soups here.
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Source: Harvard Health, “The Importance of Potassium”
Source: Harvard School of Public Health, “Potassium”