What Does Ash in Food Mean?

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Ash refers to the in­or­ganic ma­te­rial, such as min­er­als, present in food. It is the por­tion of the food or any or­ganic ma­te­rial that re­mains af­ter it is burned at very high tem­per­a­tures. Some min­er­als are es­sen­tial to a healthy diet (for ex­am­ple, cal­cium, phos­pho­rus, potas­sium and sodium), whereas oth­ers can be toxic (lead, mer­cury, cad­mium and alu­minium). The qual­ity of many foods de­pends on the con­cen­tra­tion and type of min­er­als they con­tain, in­clud­ing their taste, ap­pear­ance, tex­ture and sta­bil­ity.

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