Bananas are thought to have a high amount of Potassium but it is not more than 8%. A100-gram of reference serving supply 358 mg of potassium which is 8% of nutritional value per 100 g. Bananas are 75% water, 1% protein, a small amount of fat and 23% carbohydrates.
What foods are high in potassium?
Potassium is present in almost all vegetables, fruits, fish and meat. Some foods have a high concentration than others. The following are foods that are rich in potassium. Parsley, yam, bran, soybeans, bananas, avocados, coconut water, potatoes, apricots, milk, chocolate and nuts.
What is potassium?
Potassium is a chemical element that has an atomic number 19. It is represented by the symbol K (Latin Kalium). The standard atomic mass of Potassium is 39.0983. In the periodic table, it is in the first group ( alkali group) and period 4. Its electronic configuration is [Ar] 4s1. It is an S-block element. It is a soft metal with a silvery-white colour. It has only one valence electron. It is highly reactive and producing potassium peroxide. On reacting with water it produced hydrogen gas which releases a large amount of heat on ignition. At STP Potassium is solid. Its meting point is 336.7 K ?(63.5 °C, ?146.3 °F) and boiling point is 1032 K ?(759 °C, ?1398 °F).
Its electronegativity is 0.82 (Pauling scale) and oxidation states are −1, +1, depending on the bonding atom. Potassium has 25 known isotopes in which two of them are stable isotope. K-40 has a half-life of 1.250×109 years. Potassium ions are essential for all cells. Its deficiency can cause various electrocardiographic abnormalities. It is necessary for the nerve cell membrane, for normal nerve transmission. Potassium can be found in different fruits, vegetables and meat etc Potassium was discovered and first isolated by Sir Humphry Davy in 1807 through electrolysis.