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Old 05-23-2001, 10:52 PM   #1
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Does anybody know a low-cal source of calcium? Or should I just take pills?

 
Old 05-24-2001, 07:11 AM   #2
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Collard greens provide a lot of calcium per calorie; broccoli is up there too.

Low-fat yogurt is pretty good; and even a tablespoon of molasses provides a fair amount considering the number of calories.

As with all nutrients, it is always good to get some of them from food rather than supplements.

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Old 05-24-2001, 10:17 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply! I do eat a lot of brocoli, so that is good news. Does non-fat yogurt have a lot of calcium too? What about that yogurt that you drink?

 
Old 05-24-2001, 01:23 PM   #4
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Check the labels because for some reason it varies from brand to brand. I eat Stonyfield (I think it is non-fat, but maybe low-fat), and 3/4 cup has 25 percent of the recommended daily requirement.

 
Old 05-24-2001, 03:47 PM   #5
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yogurt is a pretty good source of calcium, but if you're concerned about sugar (and aspartame) you should check the labels, some of them are pretty high! especially the flavored kind.
also, if you are interested in increasing your calcium intake make sure you are not taking too much at once and that you're getting enough vitamin D so that your body can absorb it! i've heard that vitamin C can help you absorb calcium. also, don't take calcium supplements at the same time you take iron or high doses of zinc, they can interfere with each other.
but as someone else pointed out, it is always better to try and get your nutrients the natural way!

and make sure you're not overdoing it on the calcuim (usually want about 1,000 mg/day, not more than 2,000mg/day) it can have adverse effects such as kidney stones, etc.

good luck

 
Old 05-24-2001, 04:55 PM   #6
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Thanks again everyone. I think I am probably getting very little calcium in my diet now, so even a little more would be an improvement. Does anyone know how long you have to get all the calcium before you start losing it? I mean by that, that I read or heard somewhere that you need to store up calcium when you are young so that you don't get ostioperosis when you are old. I am a 21 yr old female, is it too late for me to start getting enough calcium? I don't think I got enough when I was younger either, so I am making up for lost time. One more question: does tofu have calcium in it?

 
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21 too late? My goodness, even post-menopausal women are adding calcium to help slow bone loss.

Most tofu has calcium added in the course of processing, so check the label.

 
Old 05-25-2001, 09:44 AM   #8
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Most women do not get adequate calcium in their diet. Consider taking a supplement (with magnesium), 1000 mg at the most.

 
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