What are Minerals?
Minerals are called micronutrients. The body needs micronutrients in smaller amounts than Carbohydrates, Protein, or fats. Similarly, Minerals do not provide energy (calories), but they help to release energy from Carbohydrates, Proteins, and Fats.
16 essential Minerals:
Minerals play important roles in:
- maintaining blood pressure
- fluid & electrolyte balance
- bone health
- making new cells
- delivering oxygen to cells
- contributing to normal muscle
- nerve functioning
Minerals are cosmopolitan in foods, with specific minerals being found in certain foods. By eating a spread of nutrient-dense foods from the 5 food groups, you’ll have a mineral-rich diet.