Minerals aren't vitamins
Although we often lump vitamins and minerals together into one category, minerals are a distinct category of inorganic nutrients that are usually divided into two groups--Major Minerals and Trace Minerals--based on how much is present in your body and how much you need to obtain from the foods you eat for optimum health.
Test your mineral IQ
Here is a True or False quiz so that you can test your knowledge of these important elements in your diet.
Jot down your answers to the five questions plus the bonus question and then click on the Answers link to see how you did and what your score means.
TRUE or FALSE Question #1. Minerals are inorganic elements that come from the earth.
TRUE or FALSE Question #2. Minerals cannot be manufactured by your body and therefore must be obtained from the food you eat.
TRUE or FALSE Question #3. High cooking temperatures can destroy the mineral content of food.
TRUE or FALSE Question #4. You can only get minerals from plant foods.
TRUE or FALSE Question#5. Mineral supplements may be toxic in large doses.
Minerals Quiz TRUE or FALSE Bonus Question: The major minerals that you need for good health are Calcium, Choride, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sulfate and Sodium.
Why do I need minerals?
You need minerals to be healthy and to feel good. Together with the other nutrients, Protein, Carbohydrates, Fats, Vitamins and Water, they help keep your body working properly. Each nutrient has a significant role to play in the your total good health.
What if I don’t get enough?
-Without enough calcium, your bones will be frail and your muscles may cramp.
-Without sufficient amounts of chloride, you could experience indigestion.
-If you are missing potassium, you could feel weak and your heart may flutter.
-A lack of iron and/or copper could make you feel tired.
-If you don’t get enough zinc, you may be susceptible to illness.
-Without sufficient amounts of iodine, you may gain weight easily.
There is much we know about the role of minerals, but we still have a lot to learn.
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