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  1. #1
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    getting enough potassium?

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    I hate eating bananas but need the potassium! I am having bad leg cramps and I know it is in part from a deficiency in potassium. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get more potassium while passing on the bananas? I know I can take a pill, but if there was another way, I would prefer that.

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    Here's a short list of foods with potassium that I found on the net.

    Apricots, dried 10 halves 407
    Avocados, raw 1 ounce 180
    Bananas, raw 1 cup 594
    Beets, cooked 1 cup 519
    Brussel sprouts, cooked 1 cup 504
    Cantaloupe 1 cup 494
    Dates, dry 5 dates 271
    Figs, dry 2 figs 271
    Kiwi fruit, raw 1 medium 252
    Lima beans 1 cup 955
    Melons, honeydew 1 cup 461
    Milk, fat free or skim 1 cup 407
    Nectarines 1 nectarine 288
    Orange juice 1 cup 496
    Oranges 1 orange 237
    Pears (fresh) 1 pear 208
    Peanuts dry roasted, unsalted 1 ounce 187
    Potatoes, baked, 1 potato 1081
    Prune juice 1 cup 707
    Prunes, dried 1 cup 828
    Raisins 1 cup 1089
    Spinach, cooked 1 cup 839
    Tomato products, canned sauce 1 cup 909
    Winter squash 1 cup 896
    Yogurt plain, skim milk 8 ounces 579

    Bananas are easy to carry and are relatively clean to eat as far as not running down your chin or something, but there are tons of good substitutes out there.
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    Acorn squash is supposed to have three times as much as banana....

    Haven't verified that info though.

    Time to make soup!

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    Wouldn't acorn squash be considered a winter squish along with butternut, spaghetti, etc.?
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    leg cramps can be caused by many things -- some nutritional, some not. in addition to potassium, the following deficiencies can also contribute to leg cramps:

    calcium
    magnesium
    sodium

    dehydration can also contribute to leg cramps.


    more common in new racers is a change in training/racing intensity.

    how did you determine that a potassium deficiency was the culprit?

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    I second Velogirl. Dehydration is more likely to give you leg cramps, especially at night than a potassium deficiency (unless you're on a diuretic).

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    This was posted on TE before. I think it is a good article about cramping Go to http://ultracycling.com/training/cramping.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grog View Post
    Acorn squash is supposed to have three times as much as banana....

    Does acorn squash look like acorns? Or taste like acorns? I have not heard of acorn squash before...


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    Quote Originally Posted by RoadRaven View Post
    Does acorn squash look like acorns? Or taste like acorns? I have not heard of acorn squash before...
    I've never tasted an acorn! But acorn squash is very good, a relatively small winter squash. Pictures on this page - http://whatscookingamerica.net/squash.htm

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    For those of you who like acorn squash, Kuri is even better.

    http://www.recipetips.com/glossary-t...uri-squash.asp
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    Mmmmmmm, squash.

    Christmas dinner was homegrown kabocha squash gnocchi with sage butter. We still have six or seven nice-sized butternuts in the cellar. Yum!

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    Thanks for the links... Have not seen that one before... it does resemble an acorn I guess...

    I only really like one type of pumpkin/squash... and that's Butternut... very sweet and yummy no matter how it is cooked

 

 

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