Potassium in fruit juice and wine – Fast and economical determination by ion measurement

Determination of the potassium content plays a major role in the food and beverage industry. Potassium is an essential mineral nutrient for humans. It is an important intracellular cation and also plays an important role in processes within
cells, where it is involved in the regulation of numerous body functions like blood pressure, cell growth and muscle control.

To declare the potassium content of drinks and food, it is usually determined by flame photometric method. However, flame photometry is linear only over a limited concentration range, and often sample dilution is necessary. Furthermore, the instrumentation is rather complex and expensive to buy and maintain. The ion measurement method presented here is a fast, less expensive, and reliable alternative to determine potassium content in beverages.