Osteoporosis and Calcium (cont.)
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Foods that Contain Calcium
Dairy foods generally contain the most concentrated amounts of calcium. The calcium is not contained in the "fat portion" of dairy products, so removing the fat (as in low-fat dairy foods) does not affect the calcium content. In fact, many low-fat dairy foods are made by replacing the fat portion with an equal part of skimmed milk, so these foods actually have increased calcium content. In other words, 1 cup of skim or low-fat milk has more calcium than 1 cup of whole milk because almost the entire cup of skim milk is made up of the calcium-containing portion.
Although dairy foods generally contain the most concentrated amounts of calcium, many other foods are good sources of calcium. Here are some food ideas and the amount of calcium they contain:
The enzyme lactase can help people who are lactose intolerant digest dairy products. It can be taken either as a pill or in liquid form. Some dairy products in stores have lactase already added, other products are lactose free.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/23/2015
Coburn Hobar, MD
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