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How many time have you been told that starches are bad for you? Well guess what? Potatoes are one of the highest sources of potassium next to red meat. One medium red potato can contain up to 800mg of potassium, a sweet potato can contain up to 700mg and a russet potato can contain up to 1000mg. So if you have a hard time meeting your potassium needs like I do and want something that is actually not that high in calories, reach for a spud! :^)
Bananas contain high levels of potassium. Sodium is retained in the body when you dont have enough potassium. Bananas have potassium to help lower blood pressure. Red grapes and Dark Chocolate have also been shown to help lower BP. Foods that are known for their blood pressure reducing properties are olive oil, celery, tomatoes and squash, prunes, grapefruits, potatoes. Remeber moderation...mix them up to get full benefits
Eating potassium-rich foods will help the body get rid of sodium. Bananas are the perfect on the go snack for dieters and diabetics. Potassium promotes blood flow to all the arteries. If potassium is low, the body retains extra sodium which will raise blood pressure. Try to have 1/2 banana daily.
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