About Ash in food

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Ash is any inorganic material such as minerals which are found in food. It is termed as ash as its residue remains after heating eliminates water and organic material such as carbohydrates, protein and fat but not trace minerals (iron and zinc) or minerals (sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium). Ash encompasses both compounds with imperative minerals, such as potassium and calcium, and toxic materials such as mercury. Generally, natural food contains less than 5 percent ash in content while some processed foods could have more than 10 percent of ash content.

Dietary Sources

Food name Weight (g) Ash (g)
Sunflower seeds 128 18.38
Jellyfish 58 14.56
Kielbasa 370 12.77
Whey 145 12.11
Rice bran 118 11.78
Molasses 337 11.12
Turkey 863 10.79
Mackerel fish 80 10.72
Black tea 473 9.98
Radishes 116 9.66
Soybeans 186 9.06
Hyacinth beans 210 9.01
Mozzarella cheese 228 8.48
Mothbeans 196 8.35
Parmesan cheese 100 8.03
Sorghum syrup 330 7.92
Feta cheese 150 7.80
Lima beans 178 7.65
Winged beans 182 7.24
Pigeon peas 205 7.07

 

References:

https://www.livestrong.com/article/449416-what-is-ash-in-food/

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