I am taking benazepril and Lexapro and a 81 mg aspirin tablet. I know I have to avoid salt substitutes or food that contains high amount of potassium. I am now checking all foods for anything that contains in the ingredients listing that says potassium chloride. I have two questions - what are the names of salt substitutes and what two foods are considered high in potassium that I should avoid.?
'Low salt' foods are good to avoid as they usually substitute Sodium chloride for Potassium chloride (In Australia, where I live, Potassium does not have to be declared as an ingredient). That has been my general rule to avoid Potassium; bananas are full of it, I don't like them but are a common ingredient in fruit smoothies which are delicious. I rely on periodic blood testing to make sure everything is in balance.
You may have to resort to researching the ingredients or trace elements found in your favourite foods. Here is a starting list of high potassium foods (taken from multiple sources):
Good luck. :-)
I'm only aware of "No-Salt"and "Nu-salt" and Morton's "Salt Substitute" brands as the salt KCl. Other foods than what are listed are yogurt and potatoes in any form or type. Tomatoes are a big one, cooked in a sauce or raw. Since potassium (K) is a mineral that does not collect in the human system, and washes out quickly, I would guess an occasional indiscretion wouldn't hurt, and sometimes doctors are overly cautious. You might not want to make one of these favorite foods a daily routine. It would affect the heart first. Don't be like me and have a potato chip craving of a whole bag at one time!
NuSalt and NoSalt are probably the two most common salt substitutes. Look out for any product that contains potassium chloride and/or potassium bitartrate, mono-potassium glutamate, or potassium iodide.
My friend, Stephen, gave you a good list of foods containing potassium ~ here are are a few more with the actual amounts:
Almonds (1 ounce or approximately 24 nuts) 200 mg
Banana (1 medium) 422 mg
Beet greens (1 cup boiled and drained) 1309 mg
Beets (1 cup boiled and drained) 518 mg
Blackberries (1 cup, raw) 233 mg
Broccoli (1 cup boiled and drained) 457 mg
Brussels sprouts (1 cup boiled & drained) 495 mg
Cantaloupe (1 cup, raw) 427 mg
Carrots (1 cup, raw) 352 mg
Grapefruit (1 pink, raw) 332 mg
Lentils (1 cup cooked) 731 mg
Orange (1 raw) 237 mg
Parsnip (1 cup boiled and drained) 573 mg
Potato (1 white, baked) 1081 mg
Pumpkin (1 cup, canned and pureed) 505 mg
Strawberries (1 cup, raw) 254 mg
Sweet potato (1 medium, baked in skin) 694 mg
Tomato (1 medium, raw) 292 mg
Don't be too stingy with potassium though because the average adult requirement is about 4700mg/day to stay healthy!
Best regards, Wildcat
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