Happy Friday! From the lack of posting this week, can you tell it was a wild one?! Gearing up for finals next week for the first time as an instructor and not a student…SPOILER ALERT: I swear it’s just as much work! Nevertheless, we’re here today for another round of…
I started Did You Know? Fridays last week and you can read all about the inspiration about it here!
Did you know….
That there are other great sources of Calcium besides dairy products?
You betcha! While Dairy products and fortifed grains are the most abundant sources of calcium, there are several other foods that have significant amounts! Green veggies such as broccoli, spinach, and collard greens might be good options for those of you who are don’t consume dairy products. Another great source I found? Almonds! I listed a few awesome sources down below, but also listed the calcium content of milk and a fortified cereal so you all could compare the veggies you may not know about to a common dairy product and grain. 🙂
Once again, this is a nice to know thing. While I don’t condone boycotting dairy products, I think it’s a good habit to get into trying to get nutrients from as many sources as possible—ESPECIALLY veggies and fruits! Because let’s be real, couldn’t we all stand to eat a few more each week?! 🙂
Things to keep in mind:
*While calcium concentration varies among different food sources, the way our bodies digest and absorb calcium can also very! To not get too technical, just remember that digestion is different for every person—what nutrients you get out of eating 1 cup of spinach may vary a little from what someone else gets.
* Cooking often alters the amount of nutrient that is available for the body to use (either decrease or increase, both can happen). It varies by nutrient, but for Calcium and veggies it tends to enhance calcium concentration!
*A few factors that enhance calcium absorption (how much calcium your body absorbs from the food you eat)
-Vitamin D intake…especially if you don’t eat a lot of calcium rich products, vitamin D helps your intestines absorb more calcium
-Increased need for calcium–pregnant women and growing kids in particular have an increased need for calcium. To aid in this, the intestines will absorb more calcium from your diet (as long as its there!) to meet this need.
And that’s all for today. Stay tuned next week for a giveaway!
Now you tell me…do you worry about your calcium intake?