Recipes and Tips for a Low Sodium and Low Potassium Diet

Posted by tcokeefe @tcokeefe, Jan 5, 2020

With my diagnosis of Diastolic Heart Failure (see “Stiff Heart” topic in this forum) I am supposed to go on a low sodium diet. But I now have read that with the medication I’m on, Spironolactone, I should also strictly observe low potassium. Of course all the foods I used to eat daily – bananas, spinach, yams, etc etc – are HIGH potassium foods and not to be used. Does anyone have any info on a source of menus or recipes for this sort of forbidden combination of foods? Thanks!

Great topic to get started, @tcokeefe. I'm bringing in fellow members @bjanderson @yoanne @mzhp1988 @hopeful33250 @lioness @lioness and @paladin1 to share their favorite low salt and low potassium recipes and tips.

As we wait for messages to roll in, you might be interested in this discussion with @duvie and @soloact
How do YOU Cope with Low Sodium Diet? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/how-do-you-cope-with-low-sodium-diet/

tcokeefe, can you kick us off? What is your favorite recipe that fits the restrictions?

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I wish I knew! But I have discovered that Vermont Bread Company makes a sodium-free whole-wheat bread! But then I see on one list of high potassium foods to avoid "whole grain" breads! I have to say, reading over lists of low-potassium foods, a low-potassium diet looks pretty darn unhealthy to me! So many of the great veggies and fruits for a plant-based diet are off the list! The low-sodium I can handle, but this addition of low-potassium is a challenge!

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What foods can be eaten on a low potassium diet? Is there somewhere I can find a list?

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low potassium food list

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@chetklimek1

low potassium food list

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I am on a low potassium diet and got my list of foods from a booklet called Guidelines for a Potassium Controlled Diet.free booklet published by Mayo Clinic. They also have a booklet called Guidelines for Controlling Sodium.
These booklets are distributed by the Barbara Woodward Lips Patient Education Center. You could call Mayo and get the number for the Barbara Woodward Center to get the booklets.

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@chetklimek1

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Chet, as @macto mentioned, Mayo patient can request information about their medical condition be mailed to them free of charge. Simply call 507-284-8140. Please be ready to provide your Mayo Clinic patient number.

@macto, what are your favorite foods that are low in potassium?

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