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What Foods Contain Low Vitamin K Levels?

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Shelley Moore is a journalist and award-winning short-story writer. She specializes in writing about personal development, health, careers and personal finance. Moore has been published in "Family Circle" magazine and the "Milwaukee Sentinel" newspaper, along with numerous other national and regional magazines, daily and weekly newspapers and corporate publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in psychology.
What Foods Contain Low Vitamin K Levels?
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Overview

Vitamin K has many functions, including maintaining bone mass and producing skin cells. It helps prevent cardiovascular disease and also helps blood to clot normally. The only reason you may want to find foods low in vitamin K is if you take prescription anticoagulant medications, such as warfarin. Vitamin K encourages blood clotting, while warfarin is a blood thinner. Consuming too much vitamin K will prevent your blood thinning medication from working properly. When you plan to eat a larger-than-usual amount of vitamin K, you may want to only consume low levels of vitamin K during the rest of the day. Many foods qualify.

Fruit With Low Vitamin K

Most fruit contains low levels of vitamin K, according to ClotCare. You can enjoy berries such as blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. If you like melons, feel free to have cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon. Other fruits with low amounts of vitamin K include avocado, apples, apricots, bananas, dried figs, red and green grapes, grapefruit, mango, oranges, papaya, peaches, pears, plums, prunes, raisins and tangerines. Fruit juice from any of these foods also is acceptable.

Vegetables With Low Vitamin K

Green leafy vegetables have high levels of vitamin K, and so do broccoli and asparagus. However, numerous other vegetables contain low amounts, as noted by licensed dietitian Joanne Larsen at the Ask The Dietitian website. These vegetables include alfalfa seed sprouts, artichokes, beets, carrots, cauliflower, corn, peeled cucumbers, iceberg lettuce, potatoes, red cabbage, chili peppers, sweet green and red peppers, sweet potatoes, summer and winter squash and yellow snap beans. Tomatoes, tomato juice and tomato paste are low in vitamin K, as is commercial vegetable juice cocktail. Salad dressings generally are low in vitamin K, so feel free to add them to your salads.

Vitamin K in Animal Products

Meat, dairy products and eggs are low in vitamin K, according to Quality Assured Services. When you need to limit this vitamin, you can consume milk, cream, cheese, butter, ice cream and yogurt. You also may eat any types of meat, including beef, pork, lamb, chicken, turkey and duck, as well as fish and other seafood.

Nuts, Seeds and Legumes

Nuts, nut butters, seeds and legumes all contain low vitamin K levels, as detailed by Quality Assured Services. Any types of nuts are fine, as well as pumpkin, sesame, squash and sunflower seed kernels. Legumes include chickpeas, lentils, lima beans, refried beans, soy and soy products, split peas and split pea soup, pinto beans, kidney beans and other types of beans.

Vitamin K Content of Grains

Eating foods made from grain is another good option when you need to limit vitamin K. Feel free to eat bagels, bread, muffins and other baked goods, as well as crackers and cookies. They can be made from any grains, such as wheat, rye and barley. Noodles, spaghetti and other pasta are acceptable, and so is rice. Oatmeal and commercial cereals are naturally low in vitamin K, but read labels, because some cereals are fortified with this vitamin.

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