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Renal Diet - Potassium

You may click on any one of the following items to jump directly to that item.  The following tables outline the amount of potassium in:

 

A.  Drinks,

B.   Fruits, 

C.    Vegetables,

D.   Dairy Products, and

E.    Other foods.

 

In each of these categories, items are labeled as either:

  •  “High ” (more than 300 mg of Potassium),
  • “Medium ” (150 to 300 mg of Potassium), or
  • “Low ” (less than 150 mg of Potassium).

 

A. DRINKS - Potassium Levels

Type of Drink

Amount of Drink

Potassium Level

Milk (all kinds)

1 cup

High

Orange Juice

½ cup

High

Prune Juice

½ cup

High

Tomato Juice

½ cup

High

Vegetable Juice

¾ cup

High

 

 

 

Apple Juice

½ cup

Medium

Brewed Coffee

¾ cup

Medium

Grape Juice

½ cup

Medium

Grapefruit Juice

½ cup

Medium

Hot Cocoa made with milk

½ cup

Medium

Milk (all kinds)

½ cup

Medium

Pineapple Juice

½ cup

Medium

 

 

 

Brewed tea

1 cup

Low

Cranberry Juice cocktail

1 cup

Low

Instant coffee

2 tsp

Low

Liquid Kool-Aid (made from powder)

1 cup

Low

Lemonade

1 cup

Low

Pear or Papaya nectar

1 cup

Low

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B.  FRUITS - Potassium Levels

(use fresh fruits unless dried fruits are listed)

 

Type of Fruit

Amount of Fruit

Potassium Level

Apricot

3 fresh medium sized apricots or 7 halves dried

High

Banana

1 small banana

High

Cantaloupe

1 cup, cut up cantaloupe

High

Figs (fresh or dried)

2 medium sized figs

High

Honeydew melon[sa1] 

1 cup, cut up melon

High

Nectarine

½ nectarine

(about 3 inches across)

High

Papaya

1 medium papaya

(about 5 inches long)

High

Prunes

5 prunes

High

Raisins

1/3 cup

High

Watermelon 

1 cup, cut-up melon

High

 

 

 

Dates

4 medium dates

Medium

Grapefruit

½ medium grapefruit

(about 4 inches across)

Medium

Kiwi fruit

1 medium kiwi

(about 3 inches across)

Medium

Peach

1 medium peach

(about 2 ½ inches across)

Medium

Pear

1 medium pear

(about 3 ½ inches long

Medium

Plum

2 medium plums

(about 2 inches across, each)

Medium

 

 

 

Apple

1 small apple

(about 2 inches across)

Low

Applesauce

½ cup

Low

Blueberries

½ cup

Low

Green, purple, or red grapes

10 grapes

Low

Canned mandarin oranges

½ cup

Low

Pineapple

½ cup

Low

Raspberries

½ cup

Low

Strawberries

½ cup

Low

Tangerine

1 Tangerine

(about 2 ½ inches across)

Low

 

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C.  VEGETABLES - Potassium levels

(used cooked vegetables unless raw or frozen are listed) 

Type of Vegetable

Amount of Vegetable

Potassium Level

Avocado (raw)

½ large raw avocado

(about 4 inches across)

High

Dried Beans, Peas, or Lentils

(cooked)

½ cup

High

Potato

1 small potato

(about 2 inches across) or

½ cup mashed potatoes

High

Pumpkin

½ cup

High

Spinach

½ cup

High

Sweet potato

1 small sweet potato

(about 3 inches long)

High

Tomato

1 medium tomato or

½ cup tomato juice

High

Winter Squash

½ cup

High

 

 

 

Asparagus

½ cup

Medium

Beets

½ cup

Medium

Broccoli

2/3 cup

Medium

Cabbage (raw)

1 cup

Medium

Carrots

2/3 cup

Medium

Cauliflower

1 cup

Medium

Celery

½ cup

Medium

Corn

½ cup

Medium

Eggplant

½ cup

Medium

Mushrooms

5 small mushrooms

(about 1 inch across, each)

Medium

Okra

½ cup

Medium

Turnip or Mustard Greens

½ cup

Medium

Zucchini squash

½ cup

Medium

 

 

 

Bean Sprouts

½ cup

Low

Bell pepper

½ large bell pepper

(about 3 ½ inches across)

Low

Cole Slaw

½ cup

Low

Cucumber (raw)

½ medium cucumber

(about 5 inches long)

Low

Green Beans

½ cup

Low

Onion

½ cup

Low

Frozen peas

½ cup

Low

Radishes

2 small radishes

(about 1 inch across, each)

Low

Summer squash

½ cup

Low

Turnips

½ cup cut-up/diced turnips

Low

 

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D. DAIRY - Potassium Levels

 

Type of Dairy Product

Amount of Dairy Product

Potassium Level

Buttermilk

1 cup

High

Milk (all kinds)

1 cup

High

Yogurt (Plain or fruit flavored)

1 cup

High

 

 

 

Ice cream or Ice milk

½ cup

Medium

Ricotta cheese

½ cup

Medium

 

 

 

Semi-hard cheese

(e.g. Colby, Swiss, Mozzarella, etc.)

1-inch square slice

Low

Cottage cheese

½ cup

Low

Parmesan cheese

1 Tablespoon

Low

Sour cream

2 Tablespoons

Low

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E. OTHER FOODS WITH POTASSIUM 

Type of Food

Amount of Food

Potassium Level

Beet greens

½ cup

High

Bran cereal

½ cup

High

Chard (cooked)

½ cup

High

Bitter chocolate

1 oz.

High

Molasses

1 Tablespoon

High

Sunflower seeds

¼ cup

High

Tofu (raw)

½ cup

High

Wheat bran or germ

1 Tablespoon

High

 

 

 

Cocoa powder

2 Tablespoons

Medium

Nuts

1 oz. or 6 small pieces

Medium

Peanut Butter

2 Tablespoons

Medium

Small peanuts

25 small peanuts

Medium

 

 

 

Olives

5 medium black olives

Low

Semisweet chocolate

1 oz.

Low

Green olives

9 to 10 small green olives

Low

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