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Eat potassium-rich foods to cut stroke risk

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Eating enough potassium is important for controlling blood pressure, and now new research shows that potassium-rich foods can cut the risk of stroke and death among older women.

A new study in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke found that post-menopausal women who ate more potassium-rich foods may be at a lower risk of stroke and death than women who ate less of those foods. However, most older women don’t get enough potassium from their diets. Less than 3 percent of women in the study ate levels recommended by the U.S. Dietary Guidelines (4,700 milligrams per day).

Which foods have potassium? Check out this article to find out which foods pack a powerful potassium punch. (Hint: a lot of them are fruits and vegetables!)

potassium-rich fruits and veggies in a shopping bagWhile increasing potassium intake is probably a good idea for most older women, there are some people who have too much potassium in their blood, which can be dangerous to the heart. You should check with your health care provider about how much potassium to eat.

Researchers said more studies are needed to determine whether potassium has the same effects on men and younger people.

One of my favorite potassium-rich foods is the sweet potato. I like to bake it and top with cinnamon and a touch of honey. Or pair plain Greek yogurt with sliced almonds and a spoonful of strawberry jam. Search for recipes for your favorite potassium-rich foods!

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