Calcium Fortified OJ in the UK?????
I've been trying to add more calcium into my diet and I've read that a good way to do this is through calcium-fortified orange juice. Using google I can only seem Tropicana, which isn't vegan due to the addition of vitamin D3 (sourced from lanolin/sheep's wool) as well as being owned by one of the most unethical companies on the planet.
Does anyone know of any brands that are suitable for vegans and available in the UK?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
If calcium-fortified orange juice isn't an immediate option, I wonder if you might enjoy calcium-fortified soymilk? Tesco sells its own, very affordable brand: https://www.tesco.com/groceries/prod.../?id=257159574 . Although you'll want to check on this, I've found that soymilk very often includes vegan vitamin D2, rather than vitamin D3.
I am not aware of any calcium fortified orange juices that are vegan, however, there are other foods and beverages that are high in calcium that are vegan:
tons of different plant milks such as rice milk, oat milk, cashew milk, almond milk, soy milk, pea milk, coconut milk, hemp milk. Be sure to look for plant milks with at least 30% or more calcium per serving, and look for ones fortified with calcium carbonate as opposed to tricalcium phosphate as the former is far more absorbable than the latter.
low oxalate leafy greens such as collard greens, kale, broccoli, and bok choy are great sources of calcium and easy to incorporate into your diet daily. I add them to salads, soups, sandwiches, smoothies, casseroles, stir fries. Sometimes I will simply steam them and add lemon juice or minced garlic and spices as a side dish.
Calcium set tofu is another one, usually with 10-30% calcium per serving depending on the brand.
Almonds and chia seeds have some calcium in them.
Even some vegan protein powders such as Vega have a substantial amount of calcium added (or due to the chia seeds, greens, etc added to them). Vega brand usually has something like 20% calcium per serving.
White beans and some other beans have a bit of calcium in them.
Plant based commercial yogurts have some calcium in them.
Some energy bars are fortified with calcium also.
We can also maximize absorption of calcium by consuming fortified vitamin D (either vegan D2 or vegan D3) or getting it from the sun. And fruits, vegetables, nuts/seeds, and beans are loaded with other bone building minerals like magnesium, phosphorus, mangenese, boron, etc which are important for calcium utilization by the body.
I do supplement calcium/D/magnesium only because I have very bad bones and am under medical supervision for my condition (which I have had for many years prior to becoming vegan). But I also make sure to get at least three calcium rich plant sources per day in my diet. Often this includes several glasses of plant milk and every day at least a serving or two of leafy greens and beans. This week I am on a daily almond kick having 1/4 cup per day either as part of breakfast or as a morning snack. :)
I have read many things about vegan supplements, I know people cant eat healthy. But I think when I was studying calcium, bones and milk and everything related to that, I read that calcium gets reduced or nulled by acids.
Now orange juice if you look at PH, you will see it is somehow acidic liquid, now I m not the expert, but how come calcium can survive in such acidic environment? And even if it survives, what are the absorption in your body when acidic juice and calcium enters your stomach and whole acidic level with stomach acidity raise even to higher level?
IMO I think that calcium gets burn in the stomach and never enters the body. But this are just my speculations, i suggest to check some studies, but i doubt there are any on this topic.
Calcium is a chemical element, it can not be destroyed by acids.
What your likely thinking of is calcium compounds dissolving in acids. Calcium needs to be dissolved to be absorbed, thats why calcium fortified orange juice is such a thing, because the calcium stays dissolved so you can absorb it.
If you cant find calcium fortified orange juice, and you want it... make it?
A little food grade calcium carbonate or part of a smashed calcium pill will dissolve if stirred a few times. My local asian store sells limestone paste.
All the fortified foods I eat are fortified by me, its generally not that difficult. Just be careful with things like iodine where you can easily take 1,000 times too much if your bad at math ;)
Calcium is an element - a material that can't be broken down further (not by acid, nor by any other chemical reaction). http://chemed.chem.purdue.edu/genche...review/bp/ch2/
Please stop pushing people away from calcium-fortified orange juice. It is a useful food for calcium supplementation.
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