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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.

97d7e7d63ca557e Low Potassium Beverages Table 1Although 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 weights all are grams except for the potassium and sodium, which are milligrams. The calories, protein, fat, carbohydrate, sugar, 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 (which we calculated), the source of data is:

USDA National Nutrient Database Standard Reference – Release 22 

 

Food

Calories

Protein

Total Fat

Carb’drt 

Sugar

Potassium

Sodium

Serving Wt

Serving Size

Ratio K:Na

K per Serving

Alc bev, beer, light

29

0.2

0.0

2

0.1

21

4

354

12 fl oz

5.2

74

Alc bev, beer, light, BUD LIGHT

31

0.3

0.0

2

 

26

3

353

12 fl oz

8.7

92

Alc bev, beer, light, BUDWEISER SELECT

28

0.2

0.0

1

 

26

3

354

12 fl oz

8.7

92

Alc bev, beer, light, MICHELOB ULTRA

27

0.2

0.0

1

 

17

3

354

12 fl oz

5.7

60

Alc bev, beer, regular, all

43

0.5

0.0

4

0.0

27

4

356

12 fl oz

6.8

96

Alc bev, beer, regular, BUDWEISER

41

0.4

0.0

3

 

33

3

357

12 fl oz

11

118

Alc bev, creme de menthe, 72 proof

371

0.0

0.3

42

42.0

0

5

50

1 jigger, 1.5 fl oz

0

0

Alc bev, daiquiri, canned

125

0.0

0.0

16

 

11

40

207

1 can, (6.8 fl oz)

0.28

23

Alc bev, daiquiri, prep fr recipe

186

0.1

0.1

7

6.0

21

5

60

1 cocktail, (2 fl oz)

4.2

13

Alc bev, distilled, all (gin, rum, vodka, whiskey) 100 proof

295

0.0

0.0

0

 

2

1

42

1 jigger, 1.5 fl oz

2

1

Alc bev, liqueur, coffee w cream, 34 proof

327

2.8

15.7

21

20.0

32

92

47

1 jigger, 1.5 fl oz

0.35

15

Alc bev, liqueur, coffee, 63 proof

308

0.1

0.3

32

32.2

30

8

52

1 jigger, 1.5 fl oz

3.8

16

Alc bev, pina colada, canned

237

0.6

7.6

28

 

83

71

222

1 can, (6.8 fl oz)

1.17

184

Alc bev, pina colada, prep fr recipe

174

0.4

1.9

23

22.3

71

6

141

1 cocktail, (4.5 fl oz)

11.8

100

Alc bev, rice (sake)

134

0.5

0.0

5

0.0

25

2

29

1 fl oz

12.5

7

Alc bev, tequila sunrise, canned

110

0.3

0.1

11

 

10

57

211

1 can, (6.8 fl oz)

0.18

21

Alc bev, whiskey sour mix, bottled

87

0.1

0.1

21

21.4

28

102

65

2 fl oz

0.27

18

Alc bev, whiskey sour, canned

119

0.0

0.0

13

 

11

44

209

1 can, (6.8 fl oz)

0.25

23

Alc bev, whiskey sour, prep w water, whiskey and powder mix

164

0.1

0.0

16

16.0

4

47

103

1 pkt, prepd

0.09

4

Alc bev, wine, dessert, dry

152

0.2

0.0

12

1.1

92

9

103

3.5 fl oz

10.2

95

Alc bev, wine, dessert, sweet

160

0.2

0.0

13

8.0

92

9

103

3.5 fl oz

10.2

95

Alc bev, wine, light

49

0.1

0.0

1

1.2

88

7

103

3.5 fl oz

12.6

91

Alc bev, wine, table, all

83

0.1

0.0

3

1.0

99

5

103

3.5 fl oz

19.8

102

Alc bev, wine, table, red

85

0.1

0.0

3

1.0

127

4

103

3.5 fl oz

31.8

131

Alc bev, wine, table, red, Merlot

83

0.1

0.0

3

1.0

127

4

103

3.5 fl oz

31.8

131

Alc bev, wine, table, white

82

0.1

0.0

3

1.0

71

5

103

3.5 fl oz

14.2

73

Carbntd bev, chocolate-flavored soda

42

0.0

0.0

11

11.0

50

88

492

16 fl oz

0.57

246

Carbntd bev, club soda

0

0.0

0.0

0

0.0

2

21

474

16 fl oz

0.1

9

Carbntd bev, cola, contains caffeine

37

0.1

0.0

9

9.0

2

4

368

12 fl oz

0.5

7

Carbntd bev, cola, w higher caffeine

41

0.0

0.0

10

10.6

3

4

368

12 fl oz

0.75

11

Carbntd bev, cola, without caffeine

41

0.0

0.0

10

10.6

3

4

368

12 fl oz

0.75

11

Carbntd bev, cream soda

51

0.0

0.0

13

13.3

1

12

494

16 fl oz

0.08

5

Carbntd bev, ginger ale

34

0.0

0.0

9

8.7

1

7

488

16 fl oz

0.14

5

Carbntd bev, grape soda

43

0.0

0.0

11

 

1

15

372

12 fl oz

0.07

4

Carbntd bev, lemon-lime soda, contains caffeine

41

0.1

0.0

10

10.2

1

10

369

12 fl oz

0.1

4

Carbntd bev, lo cal, cola or pepper-type, w aspartame, contains caffeine

2

0.1

0.0

0

0.0

8

8

355

12 fl oz

1

28

Carbntd bev, lo cal, cola or pepper-type, w aspartame, without caffeine

1

0.1

0.0

0

0.0

7

4

473

16 fl oz

1.8

33

Carbntd bev, lo cal, cola or pepper-types, w sodium saccharin, contains caffeine

0

0.0

0.0

0

0.0

4

16

474

(16 fl oz)

0.25

19

Carbntd bev, lo cal, other than cola or pepper, without caffeine

0

0.1

0.0

0

0.0

2

6

355

1 can, (12 fl oz)

0.33

7

Carbntd bev, lo cal, other than cola or pepper, w aspartame, contains caffeine

0

0.1

0.0

0

0.0

2

6

355

1 can, (12 fl oz)

0.33

7

Carbntd bev, lo cal, other than cola or pepper, w sodium saccharin, without caffeine

0

0.0

0.0

0

 

2

16

355

1 can, (12 fl oz)

0.12

7

Carbntd bev, orange

48

0.0

0.0

12

 

2

12

496

16 fl oz

0.17

10

Carbntd bev, pepper-type, contains caffeine

41

0.0

0.1

10

 

1

10

491

16 fl oz

0.1

5

Carbntd bev, reduced sugar, cola, contains caffeine and sweeteners

20

0.0

0.0

5

5.2

3

4

355

1 can, (8 fl oz)

0.75

11

Carbntd bev, root beer

41

0.0

0.0

10

10.6

1

13

493

16 fl oz

0.08

5

Carbntd bev, SPRITE, lemon-lime, without caffeine

40

0.1

0.0

10

9.0

1

9

369

12 fl oz

0.11

4

Carbntd bev, tonic water

34

0.0

0.0

9

8.8

0

12

336

11 fl oz

0

0

Cocktail mix, non-alcoholic, concentrated, frozen

287

0.1

0.0

71

48.4

23

0

36

1 fl oz

0

8

Wine, non-alcoholic

6

0.5

0.0

1

1.1

88

7

29

1 fl oz

12.6

26

 

 

 

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