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Friday, April 9, 2010

ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF CALCIUM!

One of the many "disputes" I get into with nutrition is that we "need" to or "have" to consume dairy products in order to get the calcium our body needs. Well, this simply just is not true. I personally think most dairy products are void of nutrition, thanks to the modern practice of pasteurization and homogenization. These processes strip the food of most of it's raw nutrients. Raw dairy is the way to go, unfortunately it is a pain to obtain, although you can buy shares at local farms. Regular dairy consumption may lead to many allergies, asthma, digestive issues, and the list goes on. The average milk contains a high percentage of phosphorus which in high amounts actually leaches calcium out of the bones, diet soda also does the same thing. I believe everything in moderation is ok, but there are other sources to obtain calcium in the diet without using supplements. Here is a short list of calcium rich foods-

Turnip greens, cooked 1 cup 249
Tempeh 1 cup 215
Kale, cooked 1 cup 179
Okra, cooked 1 cup 172
Bok choy, cooked 1 cup 158
Mustard greens, cooked 1 cup 152
Tahini 2 Tbsp 128
Broccoli, cooked 1 cup 94
Almonds 1/4 cup 89
Almond butter 2 Tbsp 86

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