Can you meet your calcium needs without dairy? In short, hellz yes and then some!
And there’s more to calcium than dairy. Let’s look at some of the top sources of calcium from plant foods…
Plant-Based Sources of Calcium:
- Calcium “set” tofu
- Soybeans/edamame, soynuts
- Greens: collards, Chinese cabbage, kale, mustard greens, bok choy
- Calcium-fortified foods like juice, bars, and plant milks (just check the label)
Plant sources of calcium offer other nutrients that are important for maintaining strong bones such as potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin K. Calcium absorption can be affected by a variety of different factors so keep these in mind and as always, talk with your medical provider as needed.
Factors Affecting Calcium Needs:
- absorption abilities
- vitamin D
- other dietary factors
Sodium competes with calcium for reabsorption, which is another reason why a diet high in salt can be less than optimal
Consuming a diet rich in a variety of fruits and veggies is important for keeping bones healthy and dairy is not a necessary component (resistance training helps with bone health too!)
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