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Ask Tufts Experts October 2013 Issue

Q: Are baked potatoes bad for you? I eat them for the potassium, because I struggle with hypertension. Are there other potassium-rich foods I should substitute?

Answer :  Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, director of Tufts’ HNRCA Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory, says that baked potatoes are one potential option to increase the potassium content in your diet. “But you need to watch what you put on the baked potato,” such as salt and butter or sour cream, which are high in saturated fat. Other good dietary sources of potassium, she adds, include halibut, sockeye salmon and a variety of fruits and vegetables. Besides bananas, known for their potassium content, high-potassium produce choices include sweet potatoes, tomatoes and tomato products, beans, winter squash, spinach, peaches and prunes.

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