Potential health risks associated with consuming too much sodium include high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular disease. Osteoporosis (bone loss, a debilitating disease) is also linked to too much salt intake.
…10 million people have osteoporosis, and 18 million more are at risk of developing the disease.” They go on to warn that, “ Another 34 million Americans are at risk of osteopenia, or low bone mass, which can lead to fractures and other complications.”
Processed foods in particular are high in sodium and therefore best to avoid. With that in mind it’s easy to assume that all salt is bad for our bodies, right? Wrong! It would appear that every salt is not created equal. While sodium salt might be better to steer clear of, potassium salt, found in many fruits and vegetables, has a plethora of health benefits.
Case and point, a recent study published in Osteoporosis International which shows that potassium salts play an important part in actually improving bone health and potentially neutralizing the damaging effects of sodium. Even more encouraging perhaps, is the finding that potassium also improves resorption, the process by which bone is broken down.
In a recent article in Science Daily,lead author Dr. Helen Lambert from the University of Surrey explains:
Excess acid in the body, produced as a result of a typical Western diet high in animal and cereal protein, causes bones to weaken and fracture. Our study shows that these salts could prevent osteoporosis, as our results showed a decrease in bone resorption."
This is wonderful news, especially for those suffering from or at risk of developing osteoporosis. It suggests that bone loss and deterioration is in fact preventable by eating more healthy unprocessed foods that are high in potassium.
With that in mind, here is a list of the top 10 foods highest in potassium. Add them to your cart the next time you head to the grocery store and you’ll reap the benefits deep down in your bones.
Dark Leafy Greens (spinach)
Baked Potatoes with the Skin
Baked Acorn Squash
Top 10 Foods Highest in Potassium via Healthaliciousness