potassium in potatoes

Get educated on the potato's nutritional contents. Find out why potatoes are considered to be one of the highest quality natural forms of potassium.

What is potassium?

Potassium is an incredibly important attribute to our survival assisting the nervous system, cell functions, muscle functions and most importantly the heart. High levels or low levels of the mineral can be fatal, so it is essential to keep it balanced.

Potassium is identified as an electrolyte which is a conducting matter flowing through the body in ionic forms, this helps hydrate muscles and nerves.

Among its beneficial qualities for the heart, it improves blood pressure and is a key factor in preventing arrhythmia or any irregularities; one of its essential focuses is to simply enable the heart to beat.

How do potatoes help?

First of all, potassium isn’t naturally created by the body itself and is entirely implemented from exterior sources. Potato is considered to be a high-quality potassium food especially within their skins; it also holds the largest volumes of the nutrient in the vegetable family by a large margin.

How much potassium can you find in potatoes?

You’ll find an incredibly healthy dose of potassium in your spuds, a 175g portion of boiled new potatoes in their skins provides you with 38% of your NRV (Nutrient Reference Values) of potassium. A medium baked potato contains around 925mg of potassium.

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This campaign was originally produced in the framework of a programme co-financed by the European Union