What Foods Contain Chromium And Is It Possible To Be Chromium Deficient?


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Many foods contain some chromium; meat, whole grain foods such as wholemeal bread, brown rice and vegetables, fruits and spices all contain chromium in the microgram per serving range. Foods high in simple sugars such as sucrose and fructose are very low in chromium, so the icing on a cake may be low in chromium, even if it is decorated with silver balls.

The chromium content of food produced by agriculture is difficult to determine accurately because of the different processes involved and the problems of chromium contamination.

Particularly good sources of chromium are broccoli, red grapes and red grape juice and red wine. These foods are known also to be very high in anti-oxidants and the two may be linked.

The recommended daily dose for chromium is only 50 to 200 micrograms per day, and this is probably provided easily in a normal balanced and healthy diet. However, some studies have shown that although men usually get their recommended intake, some women do not; this may be because requirements for chromium increase during pregnancy and lactation.

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