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