June 30, 2015

Food sources of chromium

The chromium content of the body is approximately 4 to 6 milligrams, mostly in the liver, spleen and bone; the remainder is widely dispersed at very low concentrations.

Significant dietary sources of trivalent chromium are available in various food sources. Group by rank of some common food sources of chromium:

*Rich sources: blackstrap molasses, cheese, eggs, liver
*Good sources: apple cider, banana, beef, beer, bread, brown sugar, butter or margarine, cornflakes, cornmeal, flour, oysters, potatoes, vegetable oils, wheat bran, whole wheat
*Fair sources: carrots, green beans, oranges, spinach, strawberries

One of the best food secures of the metal is brewer’s yeast, which can contain up to 5 mg/kg, though levels in different samples can be vary widely. Chromium-enriched yeast is widely used as a nutritional supplement for humans as well as animals.

Chromium is also found in many mineral or multivitamin supplements. Cooking acidic foods in stainless steel container leaches some chromium into the food.

It is estimated that as many as 90 percent do all American diets are low in chromium. Eating a lot of highly processed foods may contribute to this problem because foods lose chromium during the refining process.
Food sources of chromium

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