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Potassium Intake May Be More Important Than Sodium Reduction for Children

A post in The New York Times’s Well blog reports a study published in JAMA Pediatrics which suggest that children could get more long-term health benefits from eating a potassium-rich diet and not worrying too much about reducing sodium intake. Dietary advice commonly focuses on reducing salt consumption but after studying the habits of over 2,000 young girls, researchers found that sodium intake had no long-term effect on their blood pressure. Researchers also found that the girls who consumed a lot of potassium throughout their adolescent years had lower blood pressure than those who ate fewer potassium-rich foods. Surprisingly, many teen-friendly foods are actually high in potassium: a potato carries about 700 milligrams, an avocado approximately 900 milligrams and, for those into leafy greens, spinach and kale contain a whopping 800 to 900 grams of potassium.

Read the post in The New York Times’s Well blog.

Read the study published in JAMA Pediatrics.