#TuesdayTip – Calcium & Milk

CALCIUM is a mineral that helps you build and maintain strong bones and teeth, helps your muscles work and adequate consumption of calcium throughout your life can help prevent disease such as osteoporosis, but is milk the ONLY or even BEST source?!

Yes dairy products provide the most readily absorbed calcium and in large quantities, but does it make it the best source? Well that depends!

For example, skim milk or any fat free dairy product is marketed as being the healthier option, but when we remove fat, we have to add sugar! It’s also devoid of nutritional value since fat soluble vitamins (A,D,E and K) without fat in the milk cannot be absorbed into the body. Also these products become highly processed, or “altered,” which makes it a poorer option. When it comes to dairy sources skip the low fat versions!

Some other non-dairy options to consider for your calcium needs: dark leafy greens such as bok choy, collard greens, broccoli, kale, white beans, black eyes peas, canned salmon, sardines, almonds, sesame seeds, oranges to name a few!

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