QOD: What are the best sources of potassium for my child?

All children need potassium in their diet, especially since potassium has been identified as a nutrient of concern for children by the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Potassium plays a role in the transport of nerve impulses. Infants from 0-6 months need 400 milligrams (mg) per day; infants aged 7-12 months need 860 mg per day; toddlers aged 1-3 years need 2,000 mg each day; and children aged 4-8 years need 2,300 mg per day.

You can find potassium in the following foods: potatoes, prune juice, carrot juice, tomato paste, beet greens, cannelloni beans, yogurt, tomato juice, sweet potatoes, orange juice, halibut, tuna, lima beans, chocolate milk, bananas, spinach, peaches, milk, and apricots.

Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, September 2020

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