Institute of Medicine's report on putting food ratings on packages is completed. A summary can be downloaded by going to http://iom.edu/Reports/2011/Front-of-Package-Nutrition-Rating-Systems-and-Symbols-Promoting-Healthier-Choices.aspx. Good points and bad points. See what you think.
October 22, 2011
September 27, 2011
"We could find no combination of foods that satisfies the low sodium requirements and ensures people get all the nutrients they need. It was mathematically impossible."
"One challenge was that several foods that were high in potassium were correspondingly high in sodium (canned tomatoes etc)"
Two quotes above are from: http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Science/Potassium-and-sodium-targets-are-incompatible-warns-academic
A short abstract of the paper presented at the American Dietetic Association meeting this past weekend is at: http://fnce.eatright.org/fnce/SessionDetails.aspx?SessionID=14149
It made me feel good that I have been achieving the "mathematically impossible" for several years now, and doing so quite easily. After reading the account I calculated my consumption yesterday of potassium at 4730 mg and sodium at 729 mg. The Mediterranean is also filled with people achieving the "mathematically impossible" on a daily basis. The presenters are right about the difficulty in the US and unknowingly hint at the source of the problem when they complain that foods high in potassium are high in sodium – they are when they are canned, as in their example of canned tomatoes. Try uncanned tomatoes at 212 mg potassium and 42 mg sodium in 100 gm of tomatoes. Visit high potassium foods for multiple tables that can help you, too, achieve the "mathematically impossible."
August 20, 2011
I know it's not about food, but could not resist posting about this. A 13 year old figuring out such a clear and elegant improvement to solar power.http://www.amnh.org/nationalcenter/youngnaturalistawards/2011/aidan.html
August 14, 2011
A great way to get high potassium foods and avoiding the sodium and other additives used to preserve food, obtaining locally produced food through CSAs is growing.
Supplementing the just-picked yield are farm stand goods she picks up for herself … The family’s protein comes from a share they hold in Walnut Acres Family Farm, a small ranching operation
July 4, 2011
Every day, it seems as though research confirms berries are an important part of a healthy diet.
Nice post on strawberries, one of the high potassium foods, in Ireland. Also has info on regs to help rather than hinder local growers and consumers.
July 1, 2011
Of course the most ridiculous claim in the new findings puts potatoes and soft drinks in the same food category, labeling them basically nutritionally equivalent.
Although written by the Governor of Idaho, the conclusion is correct. In addition to other nutrients, it's one of the high potassium foods with 1/3 the recommended daily allowance of potassium in a single potato which would provide only about 300 calories. It's what is put on the potato that causes problems – fat that it is fried in, excessive butter it is baked with, or cream based dressing it is lathered in.
June 25, 2011
Dried fruits are one of the best high potassium foods
Not only did the researchers clarify the misconceptions that have perpetuated the idea that dried fruits may not be as healthy as their fresh counterparts, their work highlighted the added benefits that dried fruits provide.
Original paper and many interesting graphs at:
June 13, 2011
Any day you can get a snack that is high in potassium and low in sodium, it's a good day.
Getting enough potassium from foods should help to maintain lower blood pressure and may help to reduce the adverse effects of too much sodium on blood pressure. Here are two recipes from the American Heart Association's "Low-Salt Cookbook" which contain high levels of potassium.
June 3, 2011
The best recovery drink – one of the high potassium foods, chocolate milk.
"Collectively, our research suggests that low-fat chocolate milk — easily accessible for most athletes — can improve performance and aid training for trained and amateur athletes faced with tough routines,"
May 25, 2011
"A prevalence of 19% at such a young age is already a high prevalence that will certainly lead to substantial cardiovascular disease as aging occurs."
Eating high potassium foods and low sodium foods should help. But exercise and weight control probably also needed.