Fruits and vegetables: a source of minerals

Fruits and vegetables are consumed as sources of water, carbohydrates and essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and fibers.

Minerals all have several roles in human biochemistry and physiology and all the minerals mentioned above are essential in the diet of humans. Many are co-factors for different enzymes and human are dependent on them for energy efficiency, fertility, mental stability and immunity.

Fresh fruits and vegetables contribute about 26% of the magnesium and 19% of the iron to the U.S diet

The following fruits are important contributors to the supply of indicated minerals in the U.S diet;
Potassium: banana, peach, orange, apple, dried fruits such as apricot and prune
Phosphorus: banana, orange, peach, fig, raisin
Calcium: tangerine, grapefruit, orange, citrus, cabbages
Iron: strawberry, banana, apple, orange
Copper: leafy vegetables
Sulfur: cabbage, onions, garlic, leeks, turnips, radishes

Fruits and vegetables furnish more than one-fifth the intake of copper and manganese and almost three-fifths of the total boron intake. Fruits and vegetables can furnish about one-fifth of the total dietary intake of chromium and arsenic and one-third of the supply of nickel.
Fruits and vegetables: a source of minerals

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