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What Are Foods Low in Vitamin K?

By Meshell Powell
Updated Jan 22, 2024
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People who have certain medical conditions or those who are taking medications such as blood thinners might be advised to maintain a diet that is low in vitamin K. Some of the foods that are low in this vitamin include bananas, potatoes, and lima beans. Many breakfast cereals do not contain this vitamin at all. Other foods low in vitamin K are artichokes, carrots, corn, and turnips. Before a person makes any significant dietary changes, a medical professional should be consulted to verify that eating foods low in this vitamin is recommended on an individual basis.

Many fruits are low in vitamin K. Bananas, boysenberries, and black currants contain almost none, while dates, figs, cranberries, and cherries are also low in it. Most citrus fruits, such as lemons, limes, and oranges, normally contain low levels as well. Blueberries and blackberries are relatively high in vitamin K and should be avoided by people who must restrict the use of this vitamin.

Several vegetables, including white potatoes and sweet potatoes, do not contain much of this vitamin. Cucumbers are low as long as they are peeled before being eaten. Lima beans and green peppers also are good choices for people who are trying to reduce their vitamin K intake. Leafy green vegetables, such as kale, should be avoided unless approved by a healthcare professional. Salads are popular staples for those who need to reduce vitamin K intake and might include raw foods such as iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, radishes, and mushrooms.

Most grains are low in vitamin K, so most breakfast cereals are safe. When a person is in doubt, all food labels should be carefully examined. Most varieties of flour and cornmeal don't contain it. Cooked dried beans are healthy choices, as are red or yellow onions. Most types of seafood are either low or completely free from vitamin k.

Before a person begins a diet of foods low in vitamin K, a visit to the medical professional is essential. Each person has unique dietary needs, and the healthcare provider likely will prescribe a specific dietary plan based on the individual health needs of a particular patient. A specific amount of vitamin K intake each day normally will be prescribed based on blood test results the patient's needs. A nutritionist or dietitian can help the patient devise a healthy diet, especially until the patient becomes comfortable knowing which foods are best for his or her diet.

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Discussion Comments
By anon976295 — On Nov 01, 2014

Plavix users should eat a diet low in Vitamin K.

By anon949627 — On May 05, 2014

If you make your own salads with just iceberg lettuce and you limit the lettuce to 2 cups for the salad, you get a low amount of vitamin K. Eat the salad once a day and you will be okay.

By Rundocuri — On Feb 11, 2014

Heavanet, I thought the same thing when I read this. I guess that if salads contain raw fruits and vegetables that are low in vitamin k and only iceberg lettuce, they are safe to eat. However, iceberg lettuce does contain some levels of vitamin k, so I think that anyone who needs to limit this vitamin in his or her diet should ask a doctor if eating salads is acceptable.

By Heavanet — On Feb 10, 2014
This article mentions that salads are often popular for people who need to stay on a low vitamin k diet. This is a bit confusing, because many salads contain dark, leafy greens like spinach and kale that are very high in vitamin k. Does anyone have any thoughts on salads and vitamin k?
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