Other ways to “go bananas”

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”false” link=”term=banana&iid=240843″ src=”0237/c37280f8-8105-423c-873d-6d0eeaa2d116.jpg?adImageId=13066317&imageId=240843″ width=”234″ height=”312″ /]A patient recently complained to me that she had been encouraged to eat more bananas as a way to keep up her potassium intake. “But you know what,” she said, “I really don’t like bananas. Its hard to force myself to eat them.” She wasn’t allergic, just didn’t like bananas. We frequently encourage patients to eat bananas or drink OJ as ways to increase potassium. What if a patient doesn’t like one of these foods or perhaps is trying to lose weight or is diabetic? OJ can be pretty caloric or make blood sugars spike. Bananas, as well, are worth more than one coveted Weight Watchers Points®. I did a quick internet search with her to find out about other potassium-rich foods and we discovered that a cup of cantaloupe or honeydew melon has about as much potassium as a banana. A cup of papaya actually has more! She was pleased and is looking forward to eating more of these fruits. Keep in mind, though, that there can be an association between latex allergy and allergy to fruits like banana, kiwi, papaya, melon and avocado. Ask your doctor if you have any concerns.

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