Potassium supplements for oral diarrhoea regimens.

M. L. Clements, M. M. Levine, R. E. Black, T. P. Hughes, J. Rust, F. C. Tome

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Abstract

A study is proposed for supplementing potassium loss from diarrhea in rehydration therapies with fresh fruit and other naturally potassium-rich foods. Bananas contain .1 mol of potassium per gm. Freshly squeezed lemon or orange juices were tested for potassium and sodium content and found to have very low potassium concentration. Therefore, the banana was chosen for an upcoming study that will determine if infants and children suffering from diarrhea can ingest the amounts of the fruit necessary to elevate the potassium level sufficiently. Bananas as the potassium source are thought to be well-accepted in developing areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalLancet
Volume2
Issue number8199
StatePublished - Oct 18 1980
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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