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Increase potassium and cut salt to reduce stroke risk
bbc ^ | 4 April 2013

Posted on 04/06/2013 4:15:43 AM PDT by JoeProBono

Increasing potassium in our diets as well as cutting down on salt will reduce blood pressure levels and the risk of stroke, research in the British Medical Journal suggests. One study review found that eating an extra two to three servings of fruit or vegetables per day - which are high in potassium - was beneficial. A lower salt intake would increase the benefits further, researchers said.

A stroke charity said a healthy diet was key to keeping stroke risk down. While the increase of potassium in diets was found to have a positive effect on blood pressure, it was also discovered to have no adverse effects on kidney function or hormone levels, the research concluded. As a result, the World Health Organisation has issued its first guidelines on potassium intake, recommending that adults should consume more than 4g of potassium (or 90 to 100mmol) per day.

The BMJ study on the effects of potassium intake, produced by scientists from the UN World Food Programme, Imperial College London and Warwick Medical School, among others, looked at 22 controlled trials and another 11 studies involving more than 128,000 healthy participants.......

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Food
KEYWORDS: potassium


1 posted on 04/06/2013 4:15:43 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

When you go and look at our habits of fast-food....just one episode of eating out is an entire day’s worth of sodium. If you really wanted to change your life while in your forties...limit yourself to one fast-food episode a month....manage at least one piece a fruit a day....and cut out all sodas. You’d probably add five more years onto your life.


2 posted on 04/06/2013 4:22:01 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice
LOL!


3 posted on 04/06/2013 4:27:49 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: pepsionice

Not just fast food. Seems to me that all restaurants add too much salt and high sodium ingredients to their meals. Olive Garden, for example. Last I looked, there was nothing on the menu under 800 mg. of sodium. If you ask at these restaurants to have the chef not add salt to your food, you are told the meals are prepared according to a set recipe from which no deviation is permitted.


4 posted on 04/06/2013 4:39:36 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: JoeProBono

So I get the green light to eat my favorite snack of peanut butter and banana sandwich?

Sweet!


5 posted on 04/06/2013 4:40:42 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: JoeProBono

However, I do remember reading an article that said that salt didn’t have much to do with high blood pressure.

Who knows what to believe anymore.


6 posted on 04/06/2013 4:41:49 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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7 posted on 04/06/2013 4:46:55 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: pepsionice
My body likes salt - it is the only seasoning for a good steak.

I guess some folks react badly to salt and eggs, but a good many of us could thrive on a daily dose of salted hard boiled eggs for breakfast. If they want to improve our health, cut back on most of the "healthy" low-fat, artificial sweetener, over-loaded soy products that they tout as health foods and exercise. The prepackaged "convenience" foods also add a lot of extra things that most of us do not need and many cannot tolerate. Many folks of the times consider nuking a TV dinner to be cooking...

8 posted on 04/06/2013 4:47:49 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: JoeProBono

potassium salt balance


9 posted on 04/06/2013 4:52:38 AM PDT by quintr
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To: JoeProBono
News Flash:   Birth is Fatal !


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10 posted on 04/06/2013 4:53:02 AM PDT by tomkat ( if FReepers start goin' quiet, it's finally ON . . no gulags for me, whatever the cost)
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To: autumnraine

“However, I do remember reading an article that said that salt didn’t have much to do with high blood pressure.”

Could be. I have a sodium defficiency and I have high blood pressure.


11 posted on 04/06/2013 5:22:43 AM PDT by Andy'smom
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To: tomkat

The day will come for every health nut when he will find himself dying for no apparent reason.


12 posted on 04/06/2013 5:31:52 AM PDT by csmusaret (America is more divided today , not because of the problems we face but because of Obama's solutions)
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To: autumnraine
“However, I do remember reading an article that said that salt didn’t have much to do with high blood pressure. Who knows what to believe anymore.”

Some people are more salt-sensitive than others. This occurs in other mammals as well. For example, the Dahl Salt-sensitive rat develops very high blood pressure on a high-salt diet, but the Dahl salt-resistant rat does not. Control of blood pressure is complex, and although several specific causes for high blood pressure in humans have been identified, the mechanisms causing high blood pressure in most people remain unclear.

13 posted on 04/06/2013 5:38:01 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: csmusaret

“The day will come for every health nut when he will find himself dying for no apparent reason.”

Nobody gets out alive.


14 posted on 04/06/2013 5:39:25 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: JoeProBono

Joe, there is one item missing from that:

BACON!


15 posted on 04/06/2013 5:43:49 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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16 posted on 04/06/2013 5:49:45 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: trebb

If I am not mistaken the main ingredient in “No-Salt” is potassium.


17 posted on 04/06/2013 6:04:56 AM PDT by kempster
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To: kempster
If I am not mistaken the main ingredient in “No-Salt” is potassium.

Just doesn't taste the same as "normal" salt...might as well dry up, crush, and sprinkle bananas on your steak and eggs...Sodium - it's not just a handy element to make yellowish lights with...

18 posted on 04/06/2013 6:16:15 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: pepsionice

Add 5 years to your life? Why the hate? Lol. I seriously find the last 5 I could have lived without.


19 posted on 04/06/2013 6:23:10 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the Country!)
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I guess I’ll switch to iodized salt.


20 posted on 04/06/2013 6:41:43 AM PDT by Rio (Tempis Fugit.)
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To: JoeProBono

Learned a new word: pulses (refers to legumes that grow in pods)

The article says that potassium is found in:

...most types of food, but particularly in fruit, such as bananas, vegetables, pulses, nuts and seeds, milk, fish, chicken and bread.


21 posted on 04/06/2013 6:56:05 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: fatnotlazy
Not just fast food. Seems to me that all restaurants add too much salt and high sodium ingredients to their meals. Olive Garden, for example.

Olive Garden's the worst for salt. They want to sell you more drinks.

22 posted on 04/06/2013 6:58:05 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Bigg Red
While “nut” is in their name, peanuts are in fact legumes. Peanuts actually grow underground, as opposed to nuts like walnuts, almonds, etc. that grow on trees (and are sometimes referred to as "tree nuts").


23 posted on 04/06/2013 7:43:47 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Moonman62


24 posted on 04/06/2013 7:47:23 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

I use Morton lite salt. Half sodium, half potassium.


25 posted on 04/06/2013 7:54:58 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: JoeProBono

Cover that with the second piece of toast and it’s perfect.

(I usually put a little PB on the 2nd piece so it will stick to the bacon and banana.)


26 posted on 04/06/2013 8:46:45 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: JoeProBono

Yes, I learned around 5th grade that peanuts are legumes — Lord only knows what they learn in 5th grade now. But peanuts do not, apparently, fall into the category of pulses, as the definition I found says the legumes referred to as “pulses” grow in pods.


27 posted on 04/06/2013 9:25:45 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: JoeProBono

Beware the advice of physicians who kill their patients.

Today about 30,000 a year in Britain alone.

That being said, if you really want more potassium in your diet, get a shaker of Morton salt substitute.

This is because supplements are usually limited to about 99mg of potassium, because otherwise they would be too big to swallow. Typically, a healthy adult person needs about 4,700mg a day (via WebMD), so a 99mg dose is tiny.

However, 1/4 tsp of Morton salt substitute contains 610mg of potassium, which is about 17% US RDA.


28 posted on 04/06/2013 9:28:03 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: Bigg Red

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peanut


29 posted on 04/06/2013 12:26:30 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Why do I have a feeling that someone will reading this article, gobble potassium like there’s no tomorrow, and go into hyperkalemia?


30 posted on 04/06/2013 8:51:07 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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31 posted on 04/06/2013 8:53:39 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Ayep. Neurons have to dump potassium when they fire. Too much potassium means hyperpolarized neurons.

Electrolytes are like garlic on a steak - just because a little is good, that doesn’t mean that a lot is better.


32 posted on 04/06/2013 8:57:49 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: JoeProBono

Where do you buy potassium, at building supply magazines? Can you buy less than 50 lbs at a time?


33 posted on 04/06/2013 9:02:16 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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34 posted on 04/06/2013 9:06:40 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono
Mmmmm, I don't think so...


35 posted on 04/06/2013 9:39:08 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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