Calcium is an essential mineral for our body, it is the building block of our bones and maintains bodily functions such as heart rate, nervous communication and the contraction and release of our muscles. Common knowledge tends to guide us towards dairy products as the main source of calcium …
One of our latest releases in FMTV – 'Got The Facts on Milk' questions the conventional wisdom of the highly publicized health benefits of dairy products and milk. We know that calcium is very important for our health, but what are some other sources of calcium besides dairy? We have put together a list for you of non-dairy calcium-laden foods!
1. Dark leafy greens
The dark green leaves are loaded with calcium! Greens like; The kale (Collard Green), broccoli and spinach are full of this essential mineral. About 40-60% of the calcium found in these plants can be absorbed by the body. The mineral & # 39; Magnesium & # 39; is the best friend of these greens, since both need to be present for a correct absorption.
Who does not love almonds? With more than 26% of your daily value of calcium per 100 g, almonds are the ideal "Go-To" supplement to increase your calcium intake. Not to mention that they are loaded with protein, vitamin E, potassium, magnesium and are an option of low sugar snacks.
3. Tofu / Tempeh
Tofu offers the body up to 350 mg of calcium per 100-gram serving! Tofu is an excellent alternative for vegetarians and vegans, since it is also loaded with proteins. However, be sure to check the back of the "calcium sulfate" ingredient label, as it offers the body more bioavailable calcium. I'm not sure how to use tofu / tempeh, Here are some easy recipes to start!
4. Edamame Beans
Have you ever had edamame beans before? These green soybeans are often found in Asian or sushi restaurants and are a great supplemental source of calcium. Buy them frozen from an Asian grocery store, heat them and sprinkle some sea salt on top for a super satisfying snack.
5. Rice Milk
Rice milk, as well as other alternatives to milk, are usually fortified with calcium and vitamin D (which facilitates the absorption of calcium in the body). These alternatives give the body between 30 and 40% of its daily value of calcium per serving! If you are looking to reduce your dairy consumption but are concerned about your calcium levels, how about changing the cow's milk in your coffee for an alternative to milk? We suggest varieties with a minimum of added sugar, so do not forget to check the ingredients!
Are you curious about how the dairy industry has attracted us to believe that the only source of calcium is dairy? You need to know the facts about milk! "Got The Facts on Milk" is a documentary that opens your eyes and you have to see, Watch it instantly here on FMTV.
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