Daily intakes of essential minerals and metallic micro-pollutants are estimated from foods usually eaten in France. These foods are grouped in nine categories. For essential elements, intake estimates are comparable to the values recommended by the WHO. The cadmium value is lower than the tolerable daily dose. The estimated values are: cobalt 29 micrograms/day, chromium 98 microgram/day, copper 1.5 mg/day, manganese 2.5 mg/day, molybdenum 275 micrograms/day, zinc 14 microgram/day, aluminium 4.2 mg/day, boron 1.6 mg/day, cadmium 27 micrograms/day and nickel 231 microgram/day.