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well, i dont mean to say sexy milks, so much as various types of them.<br><br><br><br>
i dont drink milk because i cant handle the taste of dairy. i usually tell people im 'voluntarily lactose intolerant.' the same thing applies to my taste buds with soy and rice milks, and i was wondering how essential these are to my diet? my main concern was just that i wasnt getting enough calcium, so i started taking supplements for that and feel like im doing well.<br><br><br><br>
whats the scoop?
 

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You can get calcium from certain types of vegetables<br><br>
you can also get it from fortified OJ<br><br>
fortified foods, like white bread (eeew for me), have calcium added<br><br>
I think you'll get the RDA from these foods<br><br><br><br>
Did you know that broccoli has calcium?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/broccoli.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":bobo:">
 

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North America (I don't know where you live, just using this as a reference since I happen to live in North America)has one of the highest consumptions of dairy products, and also the highest incidence of osteoporosis – (where your bones get brittle because of the loss of calcium.)<br><br><br><br>
The dairy lobby has many campaigns and advertisements encouraging people to consume large quantities of dairy products to ward off this dreaded disease later in life. But that's not really the best way to get your calcium!<br><br>
Regardless of how much calcium you take in, the amount your body can actually absorb and retain matters more than how much you drink (or eat).<br><br>
Digesting animal protein (like dairy milk) creates an acidic environment in the body. To neutralize the acid, the body actually robs calcium from the bones, so.... drinking milk is actually the worst way to get your calcium.<br><br>
Since the consumption of animal protein increases calcium requirements, a person following a vegan diet might actually much lower needs.<br><br><br><br>
Some vegan sources of calcium include: dark green vegetables such as broccoli, bok choy and kale, beans, tofu (made with calcium), tahini, sesame seeds, almonds, figs, seaweeds, and fortified soymilks. (Blackstrap molasses is supposed to have a good amount too, but since the stuff makes me want to gag, I can't recommend it here ).
 

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Have you tried flavored milks? My favorite is vanilla flavor Silk soy milk, though the chocolate isn't bad either. Being soy milk, it has all the positives of cow milk (calcium, fortified with vitamin D, etc), without the negatives (cholesterol, etc).<br><br><br><br>
Besides the calcium, you have to make sure you're getting vitamin D, too. Both of these are found in calcium enriched orange juice, if you like that. I'm not sure if calcium supplements have vitamin D. Just spending time in the sun can give you some vitamin D, also, but you have to be careful not to overdo it, because that increases your risk of skin cancer.<br><br><br><br>
--Fromper<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Fromper</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Besides the calcium, you have to make sure you're getting vitamin D, too. Both of these are found in calcium enriched orange juice, if you like that. I'm not sure if calcium supplements have vitamin D. Just spending time in the sun can give you some vitamin D, also, but you have to be careful not to overdo it, because that increases your risk of skin cancer.<br><br><br><br>
--Fromper<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:"></div>
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Actually, many calcium supplements have added vitamin D. Some even had added magnesium, vitamin K, and phosphorus (also needed for bone health). Vitamin D is actually made when your skin is exposed to sunlight. The amount of sunlight needed varies which is usually based upon your skin pigmentation (the darker the skin color the more sun exposure is needed). Some people need as little as just their face and hands exposed to the sun for 15 minutes a day to make enough Vitamin D, some people need significantly more. (It's important to note that wearing sunscreen significantly slows the vitamin D making process)
 
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