Managing a Healthy Diet : How to Use Minerals to Increase Metabolism

Managing a Healthy Diet : How to Use Minerals to Increase Metabolism


Hi, my name is Brenda Thompson, registered
dietitian and owner of Life Skills Nutrition. In this segment I am going to talk about minerals
specific to the metabolism. All nutrients are important in the development, growth,
and maintenance of the human body. Eating a variety of foods from all the food groups
provides adequate nutrients needed for healthy weight loss. However, there are some minerals
that are specific to protein, carbohydrate, and fat, metabolism. These minerals include
the following, and I will include five foods which you will find these minerals, to give
you an example of where you might find these minerals. The first one is chromium, and it
is found in mushrooms, green peppers, apples, whole grains, and potatoes. Iron, which is
found in meat, poultry, fish, dried beans, and green leafy vegetables. Magnesium, which
is found in whole grains, broccoli, nuts, milk, and legumes. Manganese, which is found
in whole grains, spinach, blueberries, almonds, and pineapples. Phosphorus is found in beef,
poultry, fish, enriched bread, and dairy products. Zinc is the last one, and you will find zinc
in whole wheat, nuts, ginger root, carrots, and garlic. These minerals are not limited
to these foods, it is just a suggestion. As you can see, it is very important to get a
variety of foods from the food guide pyramid in order to get all of the minerals associated
to your metabolism and weight loss.

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