Valuable minerals in cereals

Valuable minerals in cereals

Valuable minerals in cereals

Just like vitamins, minerals are also vital food components. Although they do not provide energy, they are important for tasks in growth and metabolism. Minerals can be divided into two groups: bulk elements and trace elements. Quantitative elements are found in our body at more than 50 mg per kilogram body weight. These include sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, chloride, phosphorus and sulfur. Iron, iodine, zinc, fluoride, selenium, copper, manganese and molybdenum are the trace elements, the proportion of which is less than 50 mg per kilogram of body weight. Valuable minerals in cereals

Whole grains are an important source of minerals, especially potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, and chromium […] because of their high nutrient density.” [1]

However, the mineral content may vary from grain variety to grain variety. While amaranth, for example, is particularly rich in sodium (25 mg/100g), corn kernels contain less of it (6 mg/100g). Another example would be the iron content. While 6.9 mg of iron per 100 g can be found in hulled millet grains, hulled barley grains contain only 2.8 mg / 100g.

As we can see, the mineral content can vary from variety to variety. However, even within a single cereal variety, there may be different levels of minerals. What the mineral content depends on, however, is the extent to which the grain has been processed. This is because certain processing steps can involve a severe loss of nutrients. If grain is milled into flour, the important thing is whether the whole grain is milled and valuable, nutrient-rich whole grain flour is produced from it. Or whether cereal grains are processed into white flour, in which the content of vitamins and minerals is vanishingly low.

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Sources (24.07.2019)

[1] Koerber, K., Männle, T., Leitzmann, C. (2004): Whole food nutrition : conception of a contemporary and sustainable diet. Stuttgart: Haug, p. 247


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