Low Potassium Beverages Table 1

Many beverages are low in potassium and sodium unless these electrolytes were added, and thus are among the low potassium foods. Alcohol and sodas are no exception. They are generally low in potassium and sodium unless something is added, such as the salt in a margarita or a mix for a mixed drink.

Although they provide very little nutrition, some provide healthful effects, such as a single glass of red wine. This effect has also been found in some of the other alcoholic drinks. However, it disappears after one drink, and after 2 drinks the alcohol has detrimental effects. For some people even one drink is harmful. For example, in smokers even one drink of alcohol compounds the biologic damage from the smoke.

For those concerned about too much potassium, one small drink of alcohol will not cause problems with potassium or sodium. If it is a mixed drink or wine, though, even two drinks can add a fair amount of potassium or sodium, making their electrolyte management more difficult.

This is also true for sodas and other carbonated drinks in the table. While having little potassium, they have a moderate amount of sodium, which will limit intake. They provide minimal nutrition, providing only sugar. In the low calorie varieties, they do not provide even sugar, and the artificial sweeteners are a concern. Some, such as the carbonated chocolate soda in the table, need to be avoided because the excess potassium excludes them from the low potassium foods.

But the objective of most drinks is hydration and not nutrition. The best hydration is water, although adding some electrolytes can be helpful for most people to help avoid low blood levels of sodium. Hyponatremia needs to be avoided, which occurs when too much water is ingested rapidly without enough sodium. This can occur even with those who have kidney disease, if too much water is taken in too fast.

In certain cases sodas can be helpful in providing hydration. A good way to keep someone hydrated when he is vomiting is to provide white soda with the bubbles stirred out. This is kept down more often than pure water or various broths, and is a useful first step in determining if intravenous hydration will be required. If the flat soda is tolerated, no intravenous is needed and gradual increase in the breadth of intake can be pursued.

The distilled alcohols all had very low sodium and potassium no matter what proof they were, so only the 100 proof was included.

The serving weight is in grams, and the potassium and sodium weight is in milligrams. The potassium and sodium values given are for 100 grams of food.

As usual, K is potassium, and Na is sodium.

Except for the amount of potassium per serving and the potassium sodium ratio (which we calculated), the source of data is: USDA National Nutrient Database Standard Reference – Release 22.

Food K Na Ratio K:Na Serving Wt Serving Size K per Serving
Alc bev, beer, light 21 4 5.2 354 12 fl oz 74
Alc bev, beer, light, BUD LIGHT 26 3 8.7 353 12 fl oz 92
Alc bev, beer, light, BUDWEISER SELECT 26 3 8.7 354 12 fl oz 92
Alc bev, beer, light, MICHELOB ULTRA 17 3 5.7 354 12 fl oz 60
Alc bev, beer, regular, all 27 4 6.8 356 12 fl oz 96
Alc bev, beer, regular, BUDWEISER 33 3 11 357 12 fl oz 118
Alc bev, creme de menthe, 72 proof 0 5 0 50 1 jigger,  1.5 fl oz 0
Alc bev, daiquiri, canned 11 40 0.28 207 1 can,  (6.8 fl oz) 23
Alc bev, daiquiri, prep fr recipe 21 5 4.2 60 1 cocktail,  (2 fl oz) 13
Alc bev, distilled, all (gin, rum, vodka,
whiskey) 100 proof
2 1 2 42 1 jigger,  1.5 fl oz 1
Alc bev, liqueur, coffee w cream, 34 proof 32 92 0.35 47 1 jigger,  1.5 fl oz 15
Alc bev, liqueur, coffee, 63 proof 30 8 3.8 52 1 jigger,  1.5 fl oz 16
Alc bev, pina colada, canned 83 71 1.17 222 1 can,  (6.8 fl oz) 184
Alc bev, pina colada, prep fr recipe 71 6 11.8 141 1 cocktail,  (4.5 fl oz) 100
Alc bev, rice (sake) 25 2 12.5 29 1 fl oz 7
Alc bev, tequila sunrise, canned 10 57 0.18 211 1 can,  (6.8 fl oz) 21
Alc bev, whiskey sour mix, bottled 28 102 0.27 65 2 fl oz 18
Alc bev, whiskey sour, canned 11 44 0.25 209 1 can,  (6.8 fl oz) 23
Alc bev, whiskey sour, prep w water, whiskey
and powder mix
4 47 0.09 103 1 pkt, prepd 4
Alc bev, wine, dessert, dry 92 9 10.2 103 3.5 fl oz 95
Alc bev, wine, dessert, sweet 92 9 10.2 103 3.5 fl oz 95
Alc bev, wine, light 88 7 12.6 103 3.5 fl oz 91
Alc bev, wine, table, all 99 5 19.8 103 3.5 fl oz 102
Alc bev, wine, table, red 127 4 31.8 103 3.5 fl oz 131
Alc bev, wine, table, red, Merlot 127 4 31.8 103 3.5 fl oz 131
Alc bev, wine, table, white 71 5 14.2 103 3.5 fl oz 73
Carbntd bev, chocolate-flavored soda 50 88 0.57 492 16 fl oz 246
Carbntd bev, club soda 2 21 0.1 474 16 fl oz 9
Carbntd bev, cola, contains caffeine 2 4 0.5 368 12 fl oz 7
Carbntd bev, cola, w higher caffeine 3 4 0.75 368 12 fl oz 11
Carbntd bev, cola, without caffeine 3 4 0.75 368 12 fl oz 11
Carbntd bev, cream soda 1 12 0.08 494 16 fl oz 5
Carbntd bev, ginger ale 1 7 0.14 488 16 fl oz 5
Carbntd bev, grape soda 1 15 0.07 372 12 fl oz 4
Carbntd bev, lemon-lime soda, contains caffeine 1 10 0.1 369 12 fl oz 4
Carbntd bev, lo cal, cola or pepper-type, w
aspartame, contains caffeine
8 8 1 355 12 fl oz 28
Carbntd bev, lo cal, cola or pepper-type, w
aspartame, without caffeine
7 4 1.8 473 16 fl oz 33
Carbntd bev, lo cal, cola or pepper-types, w
sodium saccharin, contains caffeine
4 16 0.25 474  (16 fl oz) 19
Carbntd bev, lo cal, other than cola or pepper,  without caffeine 2 6 0.33 355 1 can,  (12 fl oz) 7
Carbntd bev, lo cal, other than cola or
pepper, w aspartame, contains caffeine
2 6 0.33 355 1 can,  (12 fl oz) 7
Carbntd bev, lo cal, other than cola or
pepper, w sodium saccharin, without caffeine
2 16 0.12 355 1 can,  (12 fl oz) 7
Carbntd bev, orange 2 12 0.17 496 16 fl oz 10
Carbntd bev, pepper-type, contains caffeine 1 10 0.1 491 16 fl oz 5
Carbntd bev, reduced sugar, cola, contains
caffeine and sweeteners
3 4 0.75 355 1 can,  (8 fl oz) 11
Carbntd bev, root beer 1 13 0.08 493 16 fl oz 5
Carbntd bev, SPRITE, lemon-lime, without
caffeine
1 9 0.11 369 12 fl oz 4
Carbntd bev, tonic water 0 12 0 336  11 fl oz 0
Cocktail mix, non-alcoholic, concentrated,
frozen
23 0 0 36 1 fl oz 8
Wine, non-alcoholic 88 7 12.6 29 1 fl oz 26