The apple is my new hero. Forget the old idiom about an apple a day keeping the doctor away. For me, an apple a day helps keep my potassium level low. Well, “low” might be a misleading term here. I mean to say, it helps keep my potassium level below TOXIC.
Now, most of you are thinking, “Huh?” and I would have said the same thing a couple of years ago. Indeed, back in those happy days, I didn’t give potassium a second thought. Truthfully, I didn’t even give it a first thought.
But these days, my doctor has me taking a cornucopia of cardiac medications, and some of those meds are “potassium sparing.” Simply put, they stop my body from getting rid of potassium the way it used to. So, if what I eat each day contains more potassium than my body eliminates, the level in my blood rises.
And high potassium can stop your heart.
Actually, the medical profession uses terms like cardiac dysrhythmia, asystole, ventricular fibrillation, and terminating event. But who cares about the details? Fancy words don’t make it sound like any more fun.
That’s why I’m appreciating the apple these days. A 100 gram serving of apple (3 ½ ounces) has 107 milligrams of potassium. Compare that to another “A” word, the avocado, which has 485 milligrams for the same weight of fruit. Dates are even worse, at 696 mg, and raisins are insane at 749. I will occasionally splurge and have 10 grapes as a treat, but dates just aren’t worth their potassium load.
When I saw that applesauce was even lower than apples, 74 mg versus 107 mg, I celebrated. Then I weighed out 100 g of applesauce.
Hurrah! Let the feasting begin.
As a Post Script and in keeping with the A letter theme, I have included my video for youngsters of an age to learn their abc’s. It is a search for objects and animals that start with the letter “a.” For your kiddies’ viewing pleasure – Letter A and the Secret Window. Enjoy!