Bananas are NOT the Best Source of Potassium, why?

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Dr. Berg talks about the best source of potassium. Although bananas is one of the sources for high potassium, you will have to consume 12 bananas on an average to get the potassium that your body needs on a daily basis. We need about 4700 mg of potassium each day and bananas only have between 300-400 mg. That would be 7-10 cups of salads per day.

Potassium helps in maintaining blood pressure, metabolism of protein, control blood sugar and carvings, heart function, sleep better at night, recovery, prevent kidney stones. It also helps to neutralize the effects of sodium in the body.

The food high in potassium include beet greens, swiss chard, avocado, winter squash, spinach, sweet potato, potato, banana. We need about 4700 mg of potassium each day and bananas only have between 300-400 mg.

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Dr. Berg, 50 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in weight loss through nutritional and natural methods. His private practice is located in Alexandria, Virginia. His clients include senior officials in the U.S. government and the Justice Department, ambassadors, medical doctors, high-level executives of prominent corporations, scientists, engineers, professors, and other clients from all walks of life. He is the author of The 7 Principles of Fat Burning, published by KB Publishing in January 2011. Dr. Berg trains chiropractors, physicians and allied healthcare practitioners in his methods, and to date he has trained over 2,500 healthcare professionals. He has been an active member of the Endocrinology Society, and has worked as a past part-time adjunct professor at Howard University.












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  1. Oliver
    Oliver 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    What about potassium supplements?

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  2. jbstorck
    jbstorck 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    Hello Dr. Berg. Could you please provide your expert opinion about the use of potassium chloride salt substitute for potassium ingestion? (such as NuSalt or No Salt) Thank you.

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  3. FartyPock4Million
    FartyPock4Million 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    12 bananas is a normal meal for me.

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  4. SoHood 2bFree
    SoHood 2bFree 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    I know it is off topic for this section but do you have any places where you recommend REAL authentic olive oil? thank you

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  5. Timyo praetor
    Timyo praetor 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    how about a banana after a workout?

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  6. Dimitris Milionis
    Dimitris Milionis 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    Potassium in mg dose has a FDA limit on labeling on bottles (capsules/tablets to 99 mg) per dose. If the potassium pill is in a higher dose than 99mg there is some risk of potassium eroding the stomach lining if it stays in contact with it too long. So a pill of concentrated potassium sitting in one spot and dissolving over time can put that part of the stomach at serious health risk. Can you confirm or consult a possible view as this might be another possible misleading market trap. I know people that eat 10 bananas within 12 hours; I eat an avocado and banana or tree bananas that reach 600+ mg of Potassium per sitting. If the FDA limit is real, then where the Hell does someone get 4500mg (that’s 4.5grams) a day. Silly question I know. If I need (which I do) 4700 mg / 100 dosages of 47mg that's under 50% of the RDA recommendation. I would have to take a dosage within lets say 16 hours a day (sleeping 8) every 9.6 minutes! correct me if I am wrong, now you are going to say but you ae suppose to get it from real rich food in Potassium. OK still that's a banana an hour! My point being I cannot find 4700 mg a day and I do not think anyone can on a regular base.

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  7. plejaren1
    plejaren1 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    The weed DANDELION is edible from flower to root and is HIGH in potassium 😉

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  8. Seema Nawathe
    Seema Nawathe 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    dear drplz give rheindian namesof wintwr squash is that red pumpkin if we have to folloow you how do we do it as most vegies are american griwn plz club your programme with an Indian who has knowledge od Indian vegg

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    MUHAMMAD SHOAIB IDRISI 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    plz reply

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    MUHAMMAD SHOAIB IDRISI 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    doc how about turmeric

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  11. Cynthia Black
    Cynthia Black 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    dr berg, I have kidney stones. have heard high oxylates are not good for stones. how do you reccomend I get potassium? please advise.

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  12. gwire42
    gwire42 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    Not true for some! that would be 1 cup of cooked Beet greens and 1 cup of cooked spinach to get the numbers you posted. you can fit more in a cup once cooked. Beat Greens would be 290mg for 1 cup raw and spinach would be 167mg for 1 cup raw. Unless you are recommending mixing cooked beet greens with your salad, I think some will not get enough potassium. That is a big difference. hmmm?

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  13. fordfiveohh
    fordfiveohh 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    Did not know about the beet roots!

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  14. Brandt mokaraka
    Brandt mokaraka 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    thank you bro most helpful your the best

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  15. lvlover 54
    lvlover 54 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    if I only take spinach for potassium how much do I have to consume it per day to reach 4700mg K? how many cups of it?

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  16. HackHunter1835
    HackHunter1835 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    what a wealth of information dr. berg shares with us! love these videos.

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  17. LVNCSR
    LVNCSR 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    Thank you sooo much for this vital information!!! I drink almost 100 oz water daily, and have recently started the keto diet. I am having rapid HR day and night. I take magnesium at night but now I know I must increase my potassium and will start eating 2 avocados and spinach and kale at each meal.

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  18. Natalie Gatto
    Natalie Gatto 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    I bought a drink called Naked at the store. In the refrigerated area. The Kale drink. It's has six other vegetables in it. It has 970 mg of potassium in it. It wasn't easy for me to drink. I am new to this. I found I don't have cravings for chips and snacks. I'm also using apple cider vinegar and coconut oil for weight loss and my health.

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    ΝΙΚΟΛΑΟΣ ΓΚΛΑΒΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    awsome info. I like beet leaves

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  20. IAmAgainst
    IAmAgainst 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    Or take a potassium supplement..

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  21. Patrick Reilly
    Patrick Reilly 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    Whoa…I sweet/salt/sweet/salt binge all evening. Lots of salad and veggies all day. 1 or 2 heads of cabbage a week. Half lightly cooked (sweated), half raw. lots of raw nuts…maybe too many. Excellent weight. Will try beet greens. I guess my 1 banana doesn't cut it. Who knew?

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  22. Sycotic Deninard
    Sycotic Deninard 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    Thanks for this! I was always told that a banana was the best, now I know better!

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  23. Douglas Bosso
    Douglas Bosso 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    Coconut water has 1600mgs in a liter.

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  24. Mobius Trip
    Mobius Trip 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    Shortcut…Vitamins from my local supermarket. Boom-boom.

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  25. Chris DeLeon
    Chris DeLeon 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    Love your videos, thanks!

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  26. Alan Heath
    Alan Heath 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    I would like to question how much potassium one can get from a salad. To the best of my knowledge, beet greens are the best salad source of potassium as pointed out here. According to the USDA, 100gr has 762mg meaning 600gr is going to be necessary. Swiss chard has 379mg in 100gr and 100gr of kale contains 447mg of potassium. This means that one needs more than one kilo of chard or kale – which I think is much more that nine cups. It is going to take over a kilo of beans and potatoes as well to hit over the 4.7gr. line. Therefore I conclude that one needs a big salad consisting of a large amount of beet greens with a good helping of potatoes and beans to go with it. And maybe an avocado and banana for dessert!

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  27. daniel floristeanu
    daniel floristeanu 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    I prefer 12 bananas a day

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  28. JR Raven
    JR Raven 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    avocado is my favorite

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  29. hallajavel
    hallajavel 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    Does it really matter if fruit have sugar? I mean its not like its refined sugar. It has antioxidants and fiber which slows the sugar going into your blood. I thought fruit was healthy? Whats wrong with eating more bananas?

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  30. zelen plav
    zelen plav 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    Didn't know they were that nutritious, only knew that it was from nature and not a factory.

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  31. zelen plav
    zelen plav 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    My mom, kids and grandchildren used to find mulberry trees and eat the berries. A wonderful and nutritious memory.

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  32. Carmens Corner
    Carmens Corner 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    One common problem with patients with advanced cancer is very low potassium . Pay attention to potassium , very important.!!! Thank you Doc, for this videos.

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  33. giftedsincebirth25
    giftedsincebirth25 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    mulberries are a greater source of potassium than any banana

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  34. erkan ender Soylu
    erkan ender Soylu 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    This man is a shill of new world order and does not want you to eat healthy.Banana is the Healthiest food that a primate can eat.You are from primates.So is banana harmful for Monkeys,which are primates same as you?NO Banana is made for primates.That fruit evolved with you.

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  35. John James
    John James 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    does the beetroot have more potassium than the leaves ?

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  36. Laurel Jiménez García
    Laurel Jiménez García 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    Dr Berg, you give very good info here about health, but keto people need to understand and acknowledge their way is not the only way!
    The reason why RAW VEGANS are among the HEALTHIEST persons in the world is for EATING TONS OF BANANAS, AND GREENS, with also dates, orange juice, carrot juice, etc. as good sources of potassium, and other fruits and vegetables that brings us high sources of minerals and vitamins 😉

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  37. rough rooster
    rough rooster 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    potassium orotate

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  38. Sarah Wolfrom
    Sarah Wolfrom 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    I like you Dr.Berg, you seem like a nice guy, but some of your info. Is WAY off- u can tell you're establishment trained. – check out Dr. Robert Morse on you tube.

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  39. Lila
    Lila 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    what about Moringa Oleifera leaves for potassium?

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  40. Jeh Rhm
    Jeh Rhm 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    Dr. Berg,
    We have round, nauty, green pumpkin year-round.. It's not really sweet.
    If this is considered winter squash, how many pounds will
    provide the full potassium allowance?

    thank you

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  41. TJ L
    TJ L 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    Stay away from starch? What about John McDougall, dude has evidence for everything he says..humans are starch eaters

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  42. Dorothy Morgan
    Dorothy Morgan 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    Thank you just started increasing my salt intake. Celtic sea salt, I do eat a lot of greens. I am sleeping so much better now.

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  43. Chris Moore
    Chris Moore 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    I love your videos. I'm curious, do you take like a bowl of supplements, every day?, or can one get a good quality multi, with the right amounts of minerals, etc.

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  44. Trish Truitt
    Trish Truitt 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    Doesn't potassium degrade or disappear once you cook it? I love winter squash but will it still have the same potassium after roasting it an hour (so it can be scooped from the peel)?

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  45. CrossTheLine1000
    CrossTheLine1000 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    is this guy thrustworthy?

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  46. louis santiago
    louis santiago 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    I would think potatoes are the best source of potassium.

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  47. Erika Magnusson
    Erika Magnusson 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    Go vegan!

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  48. John Jones
    John Jones 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    Will low potassium affect your breathing(breathing feels restricted)?

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  49. leftyla
    leftyla 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    Does anybody know if these are in uncooked measurements? A cup of raw spinach, for example, cooks down to about 1/4 of a cup. Thanks.

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  50. Copernicia Alba
    Copernicia Alba 28 February, 2017, 07:41

    great video. a good suplemment?

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