How might dietary sources of potassium help heart health?

Studies have shown potassium may play a role in lowering blood pressure, and therefore, lowering the risk of heart disease. Fruits and vegetables are usually rich in potassium, as are some milk products and types of fish. If you want to increase your potassium intake, be sure to do so from dietary (food) sources, rather than from supplements, which can be harmful to some people. Fruits and vegetable sources of potassium are preferred over milk products and fish, as these sources may help with kidney stones and bone loss.

These food sources are especially high in potassium:
  • Potatoes and sweet potatoes
  • Cooked soybeans
  • Bananas
  • Apricots
  • Lentils, kidney beans, and split peas
  • Spinach

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