Besides Blogging, I’ve been teaching health classes for almost 10 years, and one of the questions that I constantly get from participants is What kind of food, besides milk, can I consume that is high in calcium?
First…Why do we need calcium? Calcium is a mineral found in many foods . The body needs calcium to maintain strong bones and teeth.
Second…the best sources of calcium are foods found in the dairy group. Choose fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese. Also, fat-free and low-fat milk have about the same amount of calcium as whole milk, the only difference is the fat.
If your are lactose intolerant there are other sources of calcium-rich foods that you can consume like, calcium-fortified juices, cereal, breads, almond, soy or rice milk. Some dark green leafy vegetables like kale, collar greens and bok choy also contains calcium.
Also, the best time to absorb calcium is before puberty so make sure your kids are consuming enough milk or calcium-rich foods.
And remember you can always make calcium-rich recipes that taste delicious like Macaroni and cheese or Chicken and cheese enchiladas or what about adding yogurt to your favorite smoothies . Yum!
Disclaimer: Although I’m not a registered Dietitian, I have learned a lot throughout the years, and I decided to write this post just to share a little bit of my knowledge in calcium but you should always consult with your doctor if you have specific questions about your health.
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