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Vitamins & Minerals: Focus on Chromium
|Age Group||Adequate Intake (micrograms/day)|
|Pregnancy 18 years or younger||29||n/a|
|Lactation 18 years or younger||44||n/a|
Major Food Sources
|Grape juice||1 cup||8|
|English muffin (whole wheat)||1||4|
|Potatoes, mashed||1 cup||3|
|Garlic, dried||1 teaspoon||3|
|Basil, dried||1 tablespoon||2|
|Beef cubes||3 ounces||2|
|Orange juice||1 cup||2|
|Turkey breast||3 ounces||2|
|Whole wheat bread||2 slices||2|
|Red wine||5 ounces||1-13|
|Apple, unpeeled||1 medium||1|
|Green beans||½ cup||1|
Tips for Increasing Your Dietary Chromium Intake
- Always talk to your doctor before taking a chromium supplement or any other dietary supplement. The supplement can interact with other prescription or over-the-counter medicines that you are taking or possibly affect a condition that you have.
- You can get plenty of chromium from eating a healthy diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy products.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics http://www.eatright.org
United States Department of Agriculture http://www.usda.gov
Canadian Diabetes Association http://www.diabetes.ca
Dietitians of Canada http://www.dietitians.ca
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 02/2013
- Update Date: 02/11/2013