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Cereals That Are a Good Source of Potassium

By Shelley Moore

Potassium is important for maintaining nerve function, muscle control and blood pressure. The U.S. Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends consuming 4.7g (4,700mg) of potassium a day. The Daily Value (DV), set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is 3,500mg of potassium per day. Wheat, oat and rice bran are high in potassium, and many cereals are fortified with potassium as well. Potassium is listed in milligrams per a 200-calorie serving.

Bran Cereals

Bran cereals contain the highest amount of potassium. Kretschmer Toasted Wheat Bran from Quaker Oats is the best source at nearly 1,300mg per 200-calorie serving, as listed by NutritionData.com. Kellogg's All-Bran with Extra Fiber, All-Bran Buds and All-Bran contain about 800 to 1,100mg of potassium. Post 100-Percent Bran Cereal, Post Bran Flakes, Ralston Enriched Bran Flakes and Malt-O-Meal High Fiber Bran Flakes also are good sources of potassium, with 300 to 660mg per 200 calories.

Raisin Bran

Adding raisins to bran cereal raises the calorie content and thus lessens the potassium content from wheat bran in a 200-calorie serving. Still, raisin bran is a good source of potassium. Cereals to consider include Raisin Bran from Kellogg's, General Mills, Malt-O-Meal and Post, with 320 to 390mg of potassium. Additionally, Kellogg's All-Bran Yogurt Bites contains about 305mg per 200 calories.

Other Kellogg's Cereals

Certain Kashi cereals, produced by Kellogg's, contain 300 to 650mg of potassium per 200 calories. They include GoLean hot cereal, Heart to Heart instant oatmeal, Good Friends and GoLean crunch. Other Kellogg's cereals providing comparable amounts of potassium include Special K Low Carb Lifestyle Protein Plus and Smart Start Healthy Heart.

General Mills and Quaker Oats

Other cereals from General Mills that provide 330 to 600mg per 200-calorie serving include Fiber One, Nature's Path Optimum, Nature's Path Optimum Slim and Cheerios. Quaker Oats cereals containing comparable amounts of potassium include Kretschmer Honey Crunch Wheat Germ, Mother's Cocoa Bumpers, Mother's Groovy Graham Bumpers, Mother's Peanut Butter Bumpers and Quaker Oat Bran hot cereal.

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