The scientific evidence is strong. To maintain a healthy blood pressure and reduce the risk for stroke, it is important to consume target levels of potassium and achieve a balance between sodium and potassium in your diet.
Increasing potassium levels can dramatically lower salt sensitivity, making you crave less salt. Adequate levels of potassium have been shown to offset the impact of sodium and maintain healthy blood pressure. In the American diet, however, our relative intake of sodium and potassium is seriously out of balance. A plant-based style of eating can support a healthier balance, as recommended by this guide from the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute.
A diet emphasizing fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts offers more than twice the potassium found in the typical American diet. Look in the Kardea Kitchen for foods high in potassium.