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Handbook of Mineral Elements in Food

Handbook of Mineral Elements in Food

Miguel de la Guardia, Salvador Garrigues

ISBN: 978-1-118-65433-0

Apr 2015

792 pages



Mineral elements are found in foods and drink of all different types, from drinking water through to mothers’ milk. The search for mineral elements has shown that many trace and ultratrace-level elements presented in food are required for a healthy life. By identifying and analysing these elements, it is possible to evaluate them for their specific health-giving properties, and conversely, to isolate their less desirable properties with a view to reducing or removing them altogether from some foods. The analysis of mineral elements requires a number of different techniques – some methods may be suitable for one food type yet completely unsuited to another.

The Handbook of Mineral Elements in Food is the first book to bring together the analytical techniques, the regulatory and legislative framework, and the widest possible range of food types into one comprehensive handbook for food scientists and technologists. Much of the book is based on the authors’ own data, most of which is previously unpublished, making the Handbook of Mineral Elements in Food a vital and up-to-the-minute reference for food scientists in industry and academia alike. Analytical chemists, nutritionists and food policy makers will also find it an invaluable resource.

Showcasing contributions from international researchers, and constituting a major resource for our future understanding of the topic, the Handbook of Mineral Elements in Food is an essential reference and should be found wherever food science and technology are researched and taught.

List of Contributors


Chapter 1 The importance of minerals in the human diet

Chapter 2 Dietary Intake of minerals

Chapter 3 Bioavailability of minerals in foods

Chapter 4 Human risk

Chapter 5 The oligoelements

Chapter 6 The toxic elements

Chapter 7 Geographical variation of land mineral composition

Chapter 8 Variation of food mineral content during industrial and culinary processing

Chapter 9 Speciation

Chapter 10 Atomic Absorption Spectrometry

Chapter 11 Elemental composition analysis of food by FAES and ICP-OES

Chapter 12 ICP-MS

Chapter 13 Application of electrochemical techniques

Chapter 14 X-ray

Chapter 15 Vibrational spectroscopy

Chapter 16 Ion chromatography

Chapter 17 Neutron Activation Analysis

Chapter 18 Speciation

Chapter 19 Drinking water

Chapter 20 Elemental composition in grapes and wine role

Chapter 21 Vegetables and fruits

Chapter 22 Cereals and pulses

Chapter 23 Bread and bakery products

Chapter 24 Edible fats and oils

Chapter 25 Elemental Composition of Sugar and Honey

Chapter 26 Meat

Chapter 27 Fish and seafood

Chapter 28 Milk and dairy products

Chapter 29 Mineral content of eggs

Chapter 30 Mineral content of seasonings, salt and vinegar

Chapter 31 Other foods of plant origin

Chapter 32 Baby foods

Chapter 33 Human milk