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Minerals are inorganic compounds, mainly salts, which are essential for life. Found in bones and teeth, they are involved in metabolic and biochemical processes. Like all nutrients, although some minerals are found in basic foods such as meat, milk, fish, vegetables, fruits, and cereals but these are not present in relevant quantities in food and further to this processing can also reduce food’s nutritional value. Therefore, a wide range of nutrients and other ingredients are used in food manufacturing, including minerals.
They are added to food in order to enrich or fortify it, so as to add to or improve any of its nutritional characteristics.
Minerals include calcium and iron amongst many others is necessary for 3 main reasons :