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The Importance of Potassium for Cardiovascular Health

An often overlooked nutrient, potassium may have far reaching benefits for heart health. According to Marie Spano, MS, RD of Today’s Dietitian, potassium may be beneficial in reducing cardiovascular disease (CVD), the number one cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Research indicates that a significant proportion of Americans live day to day with a moderate potassium deficit, which poses long term cardiovascular health risks. This condition appears to be largely the result of a dearth of potassium in the typical, American diet, which has become heavy in processed, high-sodium foods. The only way to truly increase potassium levels is to eat potassium-rich foods.

Potatoes are not only fat-, cholesterol- and sodium-free, but they also rank highest in potassium among the top 20 most frequently consumed raw vegetables and the 20 top most frequently consumed raw fruits. One serving of skin-on potatoes contains 620 mg of potassium, making it a good source of potassium by USDA standards.

To see the full article and learn more about ways to reduce the risk of CVD, visit Today’s Dietitian online.

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