Additionally, potassium is important for carbon dioxide elimination from the lungs, normal nerve and muscle function, and maintaining an acid/alkali balance. This mineral is necessary for proper functioning across several body systems.
The recommended daily allowance for potassium changes as you age. Infants and toddlers, ages 0 to 3, should be consuming 750 to 800 milligrams per day, and children from 4 to 10 years old should ingest 1,100 to 2,000 milligrams of potassium per day. From 11 years old through adulthood, the suggested amount is 3,100 to 3,500 milligrams of potassium every day. One banana contains 440 milligrams, and a medium baked potato contains 450.
Potassium is good for us, but what else is there to eat besides bananas and potatoes? Below is a few more food high in potassium foods:
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Recipe for Green Beans and Potatoes
* 3/4 pound green beans, trimmed and broken in half
* 3 cups thinly sliced potatoes
* 2 tablespoons virgin olive oil
* 2 to 3 large garlic cloves minced
* 1/4 teaspoon of each, salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
* 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1. Heat the Virgin Olive Oil over medium-high heat in a large nonstick skillet. Add the minced garlic and cook for a minute or so until the garlic is tan /fragrant. Add potatoes, green beans and reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook until vegetables are tender.
2. Sprinkle on the parsley.
Tip: The steamed green beans and potatoes will keep for three or four days in the refrigerator.