Vitamin K has many functions, including maintaining bone mass and producing skin cells. It helps prevent cardiovascular disease and also helps blood to clot normally. The only reason you may want to find foods low in vitamin K is if you take prescription anticoagulant medications, such as warfarin 1. Vitamin K encourages blood clotting, while warfarin is a blood thinner 1. Consuming too much vitamin K will prevent your blood thinning medication from working properly. When you plan to eat a larger-than-usual amount of vitamin K, you may want to only consume low levels of vitamin K during the rest of the day. Many foods qualify.
Fruit With Low Vitamin K
Most fruit contains low levels of vitamin K, according to ClotCare 1. You can enjoy berries such as blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. If you like melons, feel free to have cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon. Fruit juice from any of these foods also is acceptable.
Vegetables With Low Vitamin K
Green leafy vegetables have high levels of vitamin K, and so do broccoli and asparagus. However, numerous other vegetables contain low amounts, as noted by licensed dietitian Joanne Larsen at the Ask The Dietitian website. Tomatoes, tomato juice and tomato paste are low in vitamin K, as is commercial vegetable juice cocktail. Salad dressings generally are low in vitamin K, so feel free to add them to your salads.
Vitamin K in Animal Products
Meat, dairy products and eggs are low in vitamin K, according to Quality Assured Services 3.
Nuts, Seeds and Legumes
Nuts, nut butters, seeds and legumes all contain low vitamin K levels, as detailed by Quality Assured Services 3. Any types of nuts are fine, as well as pumpkin, sesame, squash and sunflower seed kernels.
Vitamin K Content of Grains
Eating foods made from grain is another good option when you need to limit vitamin K. Feel free to eat bagels, bread, muffins and other baked goods, as well as crackers and cookies. They can be made from any grains, such as wheat, rye and barley. Noodles, spaghetti and other pasta are acceptable, and so is rice. Oatmeal and commercial cereals are naturally low in vitamin K, but read labels, because some cereals are fortified with this vitamin.
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