Calcium is extremely important for bone health and lower fracture risk. While most of us have been bombarded by dairy industry propaganda purporting that cow’s milk is the best source of calcium, nutritionists and scientists have shown that plant-based fresh diet sources of calcium can easily provide our daily recommended calcium.
The recommended level of calcium for adults aged 19-50 years is 1000 mg/day, and a bit higher for women over 51 and men over 70. Did you know that there is as much calcium in 3/4 cup of collard greens as there is in one cup of cow’s milk? The dairy industry spends millions promoting their products as the best sources of calcium. The truth is, plant-based sources of calcium are often more absorbable than animal sources, because humans are better able to digest the plant-based foods and utilize the nutrients. Additionally, studies have shown that osteoporosis is highest in countries that consume the highest amount of calcium from animal-based sources. There are many wonderful plant-sources of calcium. These include: broccoli, sesame seeds, figs, white beans, hijiki seaweed, calcium-fortified nut and seed milks, soybeans, spinach, collards, chard, lettuces, rhubarb, mustard and turnip greens, bokchoi, Chinese cabbage, kale, and okra.
Fresh N Lean healthy meal delivery service takes pride in regularly using plant ingredients containing calcium, seamlessly integrating them into our signature dishes. Whether it’s the tahini (ground sesame seeds) in one of our salad dressings, or broccoli in a soup, you’ll find it as easy as it is delicious to conveniently meet your daily calcium needs. Check with your doctor or healthcare provider to find out about your individual calcium needs. If you do need a calcium boost, plant-based calcium supplements available at most health food stores are a great way to ensure your nutrition needs are met.
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