Potassium-Modified Diet Plan

I have been prescribed a Potassium-modified diet, can I still receive meals from Meals on Wheels Inc. of Tarrant County? YES!

Meals On Wheels Recommended Meal Plan
Regular Diet with the beverage choice of one of the following Skim Milk, Low fat Milk, or Calcium/Vitamin D Orange Juice

Diet Implications

What is the purpose of a Potassium-modified diet?
To achieve and maintain normal potassium levels in individuals at risk for hypokalemia or hyperkalemia.

Why do I need a Potassium-modified diet?
The diet consists of modifying foods that are either high in potassium or low in potassium to meet your nutritional needs. The high-potassium diet may be necessary if you are taking potassium-wasting diuretics, antibiotics or if you have increased gastrointestinal losses caused by vomiting, diarrhea, laxative abuse, or fistulas. The low-potassium diet may be necessary if you have impaired renal function, adrenal insufficiency, are taking immunosuppressive medications, or suffer from chronic hyperkalemia.

What are the nutritional recommendations for a Potassium-modified diet plan?
Fruits and vegetables are the foods containing the most potassium in varying amounts. Therefore, they are subject to the greatest adjustment when implementing high-potassium or low-potassium diets.

High-Potassium Diet
A high-potassium diet may call for an additional 2,000- 4,000 mg of potassium per day.

Low-Potassium Diet
Depending on the individual and the physician’s recommendations, a low-potassium diet may be restricted to 2,000-2,500 mg of potassium per day.

Foods High in Potassium (to be consumed for a high-Potassium diet and should be omitted for low-potassium diet):

  • Legumes
  • Dark rye bread
  • Granola
  • Bran cereals
  • Cheese
  • Apricots
  • Bananas
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Orange juice
  • Artichoke
  • Avocado
  • Beets
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Tomatoes

Foods with neutral Potassium content (limit these foods for a low-Potassium diet):

  • Beef, pork, poultry
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Yogurt
  • Applesauce
  • Blueberries
  • Grape juice
  • Apple juice
  • Peaches
  • Pineapple