Potassium, an element,

  • metal, <alkaline metal>
  • metals conduct electricity
  • nerve function <neurotransmitter>
  • very similar to sodium - Na (Natrium)
  • Neo-Latin word Kalium - K
  • Potassium comes from the English word "potash"
  • used in soap making, alkali soaps
  • plants have little to no sodium
  • plants are high in potassium
  • reacts rapidly with oxygen

Foods high in potassium:

Food

Potassium

/100g

 more than

banana

tomatoes

cocoa

peanuts *

yam

potatoes

beans *

avocados *

salmon

 3427 mg

1524 mg

 658 mg

670 mg

544 mg

508 mg

485 mg

408 mg

 857 %

 326 %

84 %

87 %

52 %

42 %

35 %

14 %

Foods to avoid marked with *

bananas *

  • promoted a high in potassium, 358mg/100g
  • less than listed foods above
  • bananas contain unacceptable anti-nutrients, avoid

Why do we need potassium?

  • nerve function
  • blood pressure
  • thinking