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Another question I get asked a lot: “Don’t you need milk for calcium?” The answer is a big “NO.” On top of dairy not having much calcium compared to many plant foods (see below), a lot of people are allergic/lactose intolerant. This means they can’t access the calcium in dairy anyway and it can make them really sick. Dairy has also been linked to heart disease, prostate cancer, and Type 2 diabetes.
The dairy industry paid almost $200 million in the US in 2011 on advertising. So that’s pretty much everyone believes you can only get enough calcium from eating dairy. Marketing. The guys at Mad Men would be proud.
A staggering statistic that also disproves this myth- On average, Americans eat the most dairy and have the highest rates of osteoporosis. According to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, we eat almost 300 pounds of dairy per year.
Besides not having the highest levels of calcium, eating a lot of dairy and animal protein makes your body acidic. To alkalize itself, the body leeches calcium from your bones.
Inuits have the highest dietary calcium intake of any other people in the world– above 2000 mg per day from fish bones. Their diet is also the highest in the world in protein- up to 400 g a day mostly from fish and have the highest rate of osteoporosis in the world. The Bantu of Africa consume an average of 350 mg of calcium a day and have almost no cases of osteoporosis.
Still don’t believe me? Look at these numbers.
In milligrams per 100 gram serving
Whole milk 118
Collard greens 203
Sesame seeds 1160
In milligrams per 8 oz (1 cup)
Soybean sprouts 50
Alfalfa sprouts 25
Corn meal 50
Carrot juice 57
Navy beans 140
Pinto beans 100
Lima beans 60
Black beans 60
Sunflower seeds 260
Recommended Daily Allowance
* 0-6 months 200 mg
* 6-12 months 260 mg
* 1-3 years 700 mg
* 4-8 years 1000 mg
* 9-18 years 1300 mg
* 19-50 years 1000 mg
* pregnant/lactating 1300 mg
* 51-70 years male 1000 mg
* 51-70 years female 1200 mg
* 70+ years 1200 mg
So as you can see, ‘Milk it does the body good” campaign just isn’t true. Do yourself a favor. Go to your local farmers market this weekend. Try some fresh, green veggies. Buy yourself a juicer and enjoy. Grab a handful of almonds. Eat some hummus. Your bones will thank you.
Live natural. Live well.
Note: Oxalic acid, which is found in spinach, rhubarb, chard, and beet greens binds with calcium and reduces its absorption. They should not be considered good sources of calcium.
But he should have eaten fresh spinach instead of canned. It’s a great source of iron, which increases the health of your blood, especially red blood cells. Red blood cells in turn feed your muscles, among many other things, and in turn, gives you energy and strength.
The absorbed iron is transported as plasma ferritin and stored in liver, spleen, bone marrow and kidney. When red cells are broken down, the liberated iron is reutilized in the formation of new red cells. Iron is necessary for oxygen transport and cell growth by helping the blood transport oxygen from the lungs to the tissue cells where it is needed.
Are you getting enough iron?
Iron deficiency symptoms include: Pale skin & nail beds, fatigue, irritability, dizziness, weakness, shortness of breath, sore tongue and mouth, light headed, brittle nails, decreased appetite (especially in children), headache, weakness. Other symptoms include heartburn, gas, vague abdominal pains, numbness and tingling in the extremities, heart palpitation, and sores at the corners of the mouth.
What causes the malabsorption of iron?
Deficiency Vitamin C, because Vitamin C aides in iron absorption. In men and postmenopausal women, anemia is usually due to blood loss associated with ulcers, the use of aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS), or colon cancer.
Iron is mostly absorbed from duodenum (part of the intestines) and upper small intestine. So if you have any digestive issues or food sensitivities, you could be at risk for anemia.
Phytate, which is found in some whole grains and legumes, can limit iron absorption. Soy, which is a good vegetarian source of iron, contains phytate and certain proteins that interfere with iron absorption. Other foods that obstruct iron absorption include coffee, tea (including some herbal), cocoa, calcium, fiber and some spices.
Some iron loss occurs naturally. The total daily iron loss of an adult is about 1 mg and about 2 mg in menstruating women.
Daily Requirements of Iron
Children, men and women according to age have different nutritional needs. Please see chart below for guidelines.
7 mos – 1 yr 11 mg 1 yr – 4 yrs 7 mg
4 yrs – 8 yrs 10 mg 9 yrs – 13 yrs 8 mg
14 yrs – 18 yrs 11 mg 19 yrs + 8 mg
14 yrs – 18 yrs 15 mg
19 yrs – 50 yrs 18 mg
51 + yrs 8 mg
Pregnant 27 mg
Lactating 14 yrs – 18 yrs 10 mg
19 + yrs 9 mg
Sources of Iron
Food Iron in mg Food Iron in mg
Black beans 7.9 Tofu 4.6
Garbanzos 6.9 Lima beans 4.5
Pintos 6.1 Lentils 6.6
Navy 5.1 Split peas 3.4
Soybeans 8.8 Kidney Beans 5.2
Fresh Peas 2.9 Tempeh 2.2
Vegetables (1 cup cooked)
Spinach 6.4 Kale 1.8
Beet greens 2.8 Acorn squash 1.7
Swiss chard 4.0 Brussels sprouts 1.7
Tomato juice 2.2 Potato w/skin 1.4
Butternut squash 2.1 Beets 1.0
Prune juice (1 cup) 10.5 Dates (10) 2.4
Dried peach 5 3.9 Prunes 1.8
Raisins, ½ cup 2.6 Strawberries, 1 cup 1.5
Grains (¼ cup dry)
Rice bran 10.8 Wheat bran/germ 1.9
Quinoa 4.6 Cream of wheat 8.1
Millet 3.9 Oat or cornmeal 0.7
Seeds (approximately ¼ cup)
Pumpkin seeds 4.0 Sunflower seeds 2.4
Hemp Seeds 13.6
Blackstrap molasses 3.2 Brewer’s yeast, 1 tbs 1.4
Tahini 2 tbsp 2.7 Cashews ¼ cup 2.0
So next time your at the farmers market, pick up some some kale and spinach and add them to your black bean chili or next soup. Or top your green salad with pumpkin seeds. Not only will it taste great, but you’ll feel more energized.
Live natural. Live well.