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Nutrition

Calcium Beyond Milk

ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- The average American needs about 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day, which is about one glass of milk. But what if you are lactose intolerant or have a dairy allergy?

About 65 percent of the world population cannot digest lactose after infancy.

But there are ways around it, and orange and cranberry juice are a place to start. 

One glass of calcium-fortified orange juice provides one-third of the daily calcium requirement.

Another calcium-enriched food … tofu. It is not only a vegetarian’s source of protein, but it’s jammed packed with calcium. In one half cup of tofu, you can get nearly 50 percent of the daily requirement.

Hungry for a snack? You can get one-fourth of your daily calcium amount with one cup of plain almonds.

And for lunch sprinkle flaxseeds or sunflower seeds on a salad for even more calcium.

Calcium can also prevent insulin resistance, which can lead to type-two diabetes. You should pair non-dairy sources with vitamin d to help absorb the calcium.

Contributors to this news report include: Producer, Milvionne Chery; Videographer and Editor, Brent Sucher 


 
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