Foods rich in potassium and low in carbohydrates can have several advantages. Potassium is not only a necessary mineral in the body, but it can also help offset some of the damaging effects of sodium on blood pressure according to MedlinePlus. Low-carbohydrate diets are often used as a way to lose weight and body fat. Most foods low in carbohydrates and high in potassium can be divided into three categories: lean proteins, vegetables and fruits.
The Potassium Functions
Potassium is a mineral that helps balance fluids in the body, regulates your heart rate and maintains proper functioning of your muscles. It helps nerves and muscles communicate and moves nutrients and waste products in and out of cells. The American Heart Association recommends that adults consume 4, 700 milligrams of potassium per day.
The Atkins website recommends a variety of low-carbohydrate foods as a starting point for your low-carb diet. Many of these foods, which are excellent sources of protein, do not contain carbohydrates. All types of fish, poultry, seafood and meats are included. MedlinePlus states that all types of meat, including chicken, red meat and fish, are good sources of potassium.
The National Kidney Foundation lists vegetables that contain more than 200 milligrams of potassium per 1/2 cup serving. The Atkins website also lists very low-carbohydrate vegetables that are appropriate for the introduction phase of the Atkins diet. Among the vegetables on both lists are bamboo shoots, artichoke, brussels sprouts, spinach, squash and tomatoes. According to MedlinePlus, broccoli, another vegetable on the list of low-carb foods from Atikins, is also a good source of potassium.
Fruit in general does not have as low a carbohydrate content as lean proteins or vegetables, but some fruits are relatively low in carbohydrates and rich in potassium. According to the Atkins website and the National Kidney Foundation, these fruits include avocados (avocados), kiwis and mangoes. Bananas are a great source of potassium, but they contain a moderate amount equivalent to 21. 2 grams of net carbohydrates. The net carbohydrates are the total carbohydrates minus the fiber.