Potassium Rich Vegetarian Foods Help Fight Stroke and Heart Disease

15 March, 2010 (12:25)


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RECIPES: Spinach Pesto and Spaghetti, Sweet and Spicy Roasted Potatoes, Banana Fritters

By Rae Udy

Can eating foods high in potassium help lower your risk of stroke or heart disease?
According to Italian researchers, loading up on potassium-rich foods like leafy greens, bananas and potatoes, may reduce the risk of stroke by 19 percent and coronary heart disease by eight percent.
The analysis was based on 10 studies published between 1966 and 2009 and included almost 280,000 adults. There were over 5,500 strokes and almost 3,100 coronary heart disease events during the follow-up period ranging from five to 19 years.
The findings support global recommendations to increase consumption of potassium-rich foods in order to prevent vascular disease, said De. Pasquale Strazzullo, of the University of Naples.
Other foods high in potassium are soybeans, apricots, avocados, non-fat yogurt, prune juice and dried beans and peas.
Potassium-rich leafy greens are hidden in the sauce of Spinach Pesto and Spaghetti. One serving provides seven percent daily value needed for potassium, 11 grams of protein and 60 percent of vitamin A.
Sweet and Spicy Roasted Potatoes adds 30 percent more potassium in a simple to make dish. This tasty side dish is high in vitamin C with 61 percent and iron with 13 percent.
Everyone will love Banana Fritters and this easy dessert is rich in B vitamins and potassium with 12 percent.
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_95962.html

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