Friday, December 31, 2010

Dairy-Free Calcium: Top Foods and Alternative Health Supplements

If you are lactose intolerant or allergic to the hormones and antibiotics that are found in milk and most dairy products, you probably let your calcium levels slip on many days of the week. This is actually a pretty dangerous thing to do - you can go fro quite a long time with steadily declining calcium levels, and your body will simply break down the minerals in your bones to compensate … so you'll feel no ill effects until you shatter your pelvis or shoulder, or your teeth suddenly seem to collapse all at once. It's important to get plenty of calcium, both from alternative health products and from your diet. Today we check out the top sources of dairy-free calcium!
These are not only a good source of non-dairy calcium, but great all-round for your health. They are one of the richest available dietary sources of vitamin E, and are also a good source of protein, fiber and magnesium.

Blackstrap molasses
Okay, unlike almonds this rich source of calcium is not really good for your general health! Pop it in your baked goods, sweet sauces and marinades, but don't overdo your intake of these foods just to get your calcium intake up … you'll end up worse off health-wise.
Broccoli is an awesome antioxidant as well as being packed with calcium (well, as much calcium as a vegetable can handle, anyway!). It contains magnesium, potassium and vitamin C in very decent quantities too.
Calcium enriched rice milk or soy milk
There is some debate about whether the calcium that rice milk and soy milk is fortified with is usable in the body. You're looking for calcium phosphate on the label to be certain that it is in a usable form for your body.
This fruit is a great complement to lamb, pork and chicken dishes - once you get used to cooking with figs you'll quickly become addicted.
Spinach is surprisingly easy to add to a lot of savory recipes - you can pack a heap of spinach into your bolognaise sauce or lasagne without even noticing it is there. Risotto is another excellent way to get lots of spinach into your diet without doing it Popeye-style!

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