Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources: Minerals and Food

Many different minerals are used by our bodies.

Discover how one of the minerals found in the food we eat provides us with the electrolytes we need to survive.

Salt is a mineral resource that we add to food. Salt makes food taste good and it provides us with sodium that our cells use to work. Also know as the mineral “halite,” salt is the only real mineral humans eat in its unaltered, natural state.

Cook delicious food using minerals and the recipe below.

Simple Tomato Spaghetti:

Ingredients: 2 cans chopped tomatoes, 1/4 cup of olive oil, one yellow onion, 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp salt, pasta.

Step 1: Peel yellow onion and cut it in half.

Step 2: In a large saute pan, add the olive oil, canned tomatoes, onion halves, and salt.

Step 3: Simmer on low to medium heat for 40 minutes, until the tomatoes have cooked down and the oil has separated out.

Step 4: Remove the onion halves from the sauce and discard.

Step 5: Boil water in a large pot.

Step 6: Add salt to the water once it has reached a rolling boil.

Step 7: Cook pasta according to the directions on the package, remove from water about 30 seconds before the suggested cooking time.

Step 8: Add the cooked pasta to the pan containing the sauce and stir well. Step 9: Divide the pasta onto plates and enjoy!


Minerals Make It is a video series where 3rd through 7th graders can explore how we use minerals in our daily lives and where we get those mineral from.

Learn more about minerals in our lives at https://minerals.arizona.edu/engagement.

Science Topics
Food Science, Geology
K-6, Middle School
3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade

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