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hi, i am new on this board! i'm a vegetarian but also cut out soya milk and try not to have too much chocolate lol. I have a question..... my brother is 12 and he is growing really tall, growing about an inch in two weeks. my mum has told him to have as much milk as possible for calcium. i heard that soya milk has just as much calcium as normal milk but without the nastiness of normal milk. if i say anything like that to my mum she will get all defensive. all iw ant to know is if my brother really does need normal milk. please reply.<br><br><br><br>
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there's a lot of debate about how much absorbable calcium is in dairy milk. the key word in that sentence is <i>absorbable</i>. there is lots of calcium in dairy milk, of that there is no doubt, but it's questionable how much of it is actually usable by the human body.<br><br><br><br>
one thing i read stated that the calcium in dairy milk is all wrapped up in the protein, casein. casein is actually made of huge molecules; globules, if you will, that aren't neccessarily digestible by the human body, so there is no way for us to break it down properly and get the calcium out of it.<br><br><br><br>
another study i read pointed out that the countries with the highest incidents of osteoporosis (a disease of bone deterioration due, in part, to calcium deficiency) are the ones where dairy consumption are at their highest. (i think norway was the country that was cited as being the worst, in this case.)<br><br><br><br>
at any rate, there are plenty of vegan sources of calcium that can provide your brother with as much as he would get from dairy milk. soy milk and tofu are high on the list, as well as many nuts, seeds and leafy green veggies. you certainly don't NEED dairy milk to get calcium.<br><br><br><br>
and welcome to the boards. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Thanks Kreeli. All i need to do now is get that into my mum and brothers heads!!!!!! Any advice?!?!?!?!?!
 

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I think I heard somewhere that broccoli has the highest calcium to calorie ratio of any food out there... you could always throw that at them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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check out this site, and show it to your mom if you think it'll help<br><br><a href="http://www.milksucks.com/" target="_blank">http://www.milksucks.com/</a>
 

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I don't care for milk anymore. The smell of it sickens me somehow. I'm sure the soy calcium in the soymilk is a good way to get soy. I don't drink a lot of it. I do eat much soy though. Trying to get into more tofu but it seems I can only eat so much of it when I'm in the mood. I try to eat lots of veggies including brocolli. I think almonds contain calcium, too. Many things do like others have said. A good nutrition book will list all the sources for you. I have the book called Total Nutrition.
 
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