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Does anyone have a list of LOW POTASSIUM FOODS ? I have to lower my potassium, due to kidney disease.

By August 2, 2008 - 8:21pm
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I am a diabetic lady, just 70 years young! Very fit, but have now learned that I have (mild) kidney disease which manifests itself in too high a potassium content, which I must lower through diet, exercise and ?????
Any help will be gratefully received.

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This is my worse fear in life. I just got a blood test which showed a potassium level of 6.1 which is in the dangerous level. I go back in a day an 1/2 to have another test on this. This is the first time its ever been mentioned that I have high potassium levels which means kidney disease. Most of the things I eat are on the wrong list. I spent years drinking lots of low fat milk, melons, chicken (not red meats), greens, spinach etc... One list says I can only have 16 oz. of tea! I only drink tea--both hot and cold. You can drink soft drinks due to potassium citrate. What do you drink then? I have a new granddaughter that I am babysitting. I need to be able to carry on and not be tired. HELP me please.

October 29, 2016 - 10:57pm
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Hello, I found the same list of foods as "Anonymous" and it's very useful. Then, I was curious about regular Coke and Gatorade - I am not (yet) diabetic). I just Googled "How much potassium is in Coca Cola?" - and you would be amazed at what came up at the top of the list. They cover all beverages - diet and regular drinks by brand name. I have stage III CKD with proteinuria, moderate, and my potassium level skyrocketed this month. The doctor said to cut out all dairy because I am a cheese, cottage cheese and yogurt freak - hope knowing this will be helpful to you.
I'll have new blood work done tomorrow in preparation for my first kidney biopsy. I wish you the best.

September 21, 2015 - 2:52pm
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Hi Joyce - I did some research on potassium levels in food, and found that I too got a bit "lost" in various websites. It's not a matter of age, it's how the information is presented, so don't feel bad about your efforts. :-)

I found a chart on potassium levels in multiple foods that I thought would interest you: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/potassium-rich-foods-chart.html

There were also multiple articles warning about soft drinks being high in potassium. This one provides a list of "high" and "low" potassium soft drinks:

I hope this is helpful, and best wishes to you. Pat

February 1, 2010 - 6:54pm
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I am also 70, female, diabetic & now doctor's blood test showed potassium level at 5.9. Have begun to search to modify my diet, which has mainly been to keep the diabetic condition under control. I did do some searching on the kidney site & googled some others & have begun my list. I found the kidney site hard to get around in to find what I needed. My questions: does anyone know about potassium level of diet cherry Pepsi & diet cherry Coke? How about sugar free honey? What about Sweet & Low & other sugar substitutes? I have many questions, but will hope someone will be kind enough to help. I sometimes get "lost" in clicking within websites. Thanks for any help given. Joyce

February 1, 2010 - 6:28pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

As a general rule with kidney disease especially kidney failure you need to avoid pretty much all soft drinks, sodas, fruit juices, colas, gatorade, v8, pepsi and coca-cola products are high in potassium or very hard for a non-healthy kidney to process. Dark sodas are especially bad. So you need to switch to Tea (something like Leptin tea is a way better choice if you don't like water.) Certain kinds of crystal light and most powdered juices like Kool-Aid, Capri-Sun, and fruit punch are fine and have zero potassium but don't drink tons of it if you have to watch sodium. The absolute best thing for your kidney(s) is to drink water as it helps flush your system if you can urinate. But at end stage renal(kidney) failure you normally cant get rid of fluids unless you're on dialysis or have your other kidney working fine. But if you can urinate drinking lots of water is called "poor mans dialysis or natures dialysis" and is the best thing for your body

July 3, 2014 - 12:12am

Yes, I do...my husband....he had knee surgery and he has a walking program, so I figured that I could go along. We are both retired and spend most of our time together anyway....almost 40 years...we are also birdwatchers so we get outside and hike at least once a week, but the other we can do in between...just inside, because of the weather...not too much fun outside this time of year.

February 25, 2009 - 7:35pm

Good luck on your mall walking and tackling the cholesterol. Do you have a walk buddy?

February 25, 2009 - 5:10pm

Well, I went to my doctor and he has altered my meds. My potassium levels have been reduced. I now have to tackle the cholesterol levels. My LDL is 111, he wants it to be below 100, changed meds for that. My blood sugar is within normal range, so he is changing those meds also. All in all I am doing pretty good,I just need to get some more exercise. This cold weather makes me want to hibernate. I am going to become a mall walker. I don't want to join a gym, costs too much and have to travel too far. thanks to everyone who responded to my inquiry and will keep you posted after I go to my next appointment on 3/18

February 25, 2009 - 8:38am
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Low potassium foods
1 serving of the following can be considered to be low potassium food. 1 serving implies ½ cup. More than 1 serving of the following can make it high potassium food.

General foods

* Bread (bread products)
* Cake – angel, yellow
* Coffee ( maximum 8 ounces)
* Cookies (without nuts or chocolate)
* Noodles
* Pasta
* Pies (without chocolate or high-potassium foods)
* Rice
* Tea (maximum 16 ounces)


* Alfalfa sprouts
* Asparagus – 6 spears
* Beans (wax or green)
* Cabbage (red and green)
* Canned Chestnuts
* Carrots (cooked)
* Celery (1 stalk)
* Corn (Fresh - ½ ear, Frozen - ½ cup)
* Cucumber
* Eggplant
* Fresh mushrooms
* Green Peas
* Kale
* Leached potatoes
* Lettuce
* Mixed vegetables
* Okra
* Onions
* Parsley
* Peppers
* Radish
* Rhubarb
* Water
* Watercress


* Apple – 1 medium/juice/sauce
* Apricots, canned in juice
* Blackberries
* Blueberries
* Cherries
* Cranberries
* Fruit cocktail
* Grapes (juice)
* Grapefruit, ½ whole
* Mandarin oranges
* Peaches – Fresh (1 small), Canned (½ cup)
* Pears – Fresh (1 small), Canned (½ cup)
* Pineapple (juice)
* Plums – 1 whole
* Raspberries
* Strawberries
* Tangerine – 1 whole
* Watermelon – 1 cup

February 24, 2009 - 6:47pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anonymous,
This is basically the same list I received from my kidney doctor. I had a lab which showed an kidney function test was no good. I followed this list and next lab was normal. Personally, I feel I had just been eating high potassium foods right before having the first lab and that was the cause of test being abnormal. Good luck to all those trying to correct this problem.

February 8, 2017 - 1:40pm
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