More Potassium? Orange or Banana?

August 23, 2013

By Mercy's Tina Rockhold

Surprise! Oranges have more potassium on average than bananas.



“Reach for the orange,” suggests Mercy Clinic’s Dr. Brendon McCollom, a family medicine physician who specializes in sports medicine.



After an intense workout, oranges help replenish potassium and electrolytes. Normal levels of potassium in the body keep muscle cramps at bay, plus help the heart beat regularly, and reduce the risk of kidney stones and bone loss. 



Low potassium levels (hypokalemia) can wreak more havoc than a pain in your backside.  Fatigue, confusion and problems with muscle coordination can also be attributed to low levels of potassium.



While oranges tend to have more potassium, both are good sources of potassium.

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