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FUN FOOD FACTSManganese is involved in bone formation, wound healing, and the metabolism of proteins, cholesterol, and carbohydrates. It can be found in pecans, almonds, legumes, green and black tea, whole grains, and pineapple juice.Maryland Section IFT2013-03-20T17:51:23+00:00Zinc is a micromineral required by the body for immune, nerve, and reproductive function. It can be found in red meats as well as seafood.Maryland Section IFT2013-03-20T17:50:00+00:00The selenium content of plants depends heavily on the selenium content of the soil in which the plant was grown. Aside from plants, this micromineral that protects cells from damage and regulates thyroid hormones can be found in organ meats, seafood, and Brazil nuts.Maryland Section IFT2013-03-20T17:51:33+00:00Most minerals are less bioavailable in plants because they are bound to compounds known as phytates in vegetables and oxalates in whole grains. These compounds can inhibit mineral absorption.Maryland Section IFT2013-03-20T17:50:09+00:00The micromineral copper plays an essential role in iron metabolism by making up part of the protein ceruloplasmin. Copper can be found in seafood, nuts, seeds, and whole grains.Maryland Section IFT2013-03-20T17:50:18+00:00Though minerals are typically more abundant and bioavailable in animal food products, the food with the most abundant source of magnesium is spinach.Maryland Section IFT2013-03-20T17:50:28+00:00Absorption of iron from non-heme sources can be increased with the consumption of vitamin C.Maryland Section IFT2013-03-20T17:50:38+00:00Molybdenum, found in legumes, grains, and nuts, is a micromineral that is a key component of some enzymes necessary for normal body function.Maryland Section IFT2013-03-20T17:50:50+00:00Magnesium assists in the absorption of calcium, potassium, and vitamin C.Maryland Section IFT2013-03-20T17:51:00+00:00The best dietary source of heme iron is chicken liver, which provides 70% of the daily value in 3.5 ounces.Maryland Section IFT2013-03-20T17:45:01+00:00The best dietary source of non-heme iron is soybeans, which contain 50% of the daily value of iron in 1 cup.Maryland Section IFT2013-03-20T17:51:12+00:0000Maryland Section IFT
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