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Get More Calcium Daily with Lattes

If you're anything like me, you have one (maybe two) cups of coffee a day. I used to drink my coffee black until I realized that adding a bit of non-fat milk to my morning coffee was an easy way to get a little more calcium in without having to drink a plain glass of milk. However, now I may be making the switch to lattes.

It is being reported that U.S. women consume on average 6 ounces of milk a day, which falls short of the 24 ounces needed. What's even more interesting than that? 40 Percent of Americans drink coffee, but only 6 percent of adults drink coffee with milk. Starting to see the correlation yet?

Adding milk to your coffee is a great way to get more calcium but if you want to go a step beyond that, order a non-fat (or skim) latte. Here's why: One 16-ounce skim latte provides not only 45 percentdaily value of calcium , but it also delivers 25 percent daily value of protein and 35 percent daily value of vitamin D as well as potassium, magnesium and vitamin A. So that super chic co-worker of yours - the one that only orders non-fat lattes - may actually be drinking it for her health, not just to look cool.

Now I'm off to Starbucks to order a non-fat latte -- and you, do you drink your coffee with or without milk? Tell me in the comments section below.

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mrsyuen mrsyuen 8 years
I love Starbucks Caramel Latte with skim milk
poetess poetess 8 years
I despise milk.
charlieq charlieq 8 years
i LOVE my starbucks skinny vanilla latte. the vanilla gives it a special oomph! it comes in low-fat and non-fat and i always get the non-fat. :)
rb24 rb24 8 years
I love skim milk. So good
Jennifer_2sugar Jennifer_2sugar 8 years
:star: I ♥ starbucks...such a fabulous and unique vibe comes from their wisdome and wit... :star:
AucuneRancune AucuneRancune 8 years
This is pretty interesting - I drink my coffee black and have noticed that just about every person I know who drinks coffee takes it with milk, so that 6% surprises me.
iheartstarbucks iheartstarbucks 8 years
yummy starbucks sugar free non-fat latte my favorite,besides the frappucino light blend :)
Kyko Kyko 8 years
Interesting, as the countries with the highest consumption of milk also have the highest incidences of osteoporosis. Fascinating. Cows milk is for calves. I was weaned of my species milk years ago.
JustSomeChick JustSomeChick 8 years
An excuse to drink Starbucks?? Yay!
TexasTwinkle TexasTwinkle 8 years
how about a decaf non fat vanilla latte...no caffeine to block the calcium absorbtion. :) Latte = Happy
Vamps Vamps 8 years
venti non fat vanilla latte no sugar...that's my starbucks drink of choice...and also one of my guilty indulgences. I at least gives props to starbucks for having a rather easy to use caloric chart systen on their site, allowing you to customize the drinks to how you have them. Dunkin' Donuts should take pointers.
Curious-Alice Curious-Alice 8 years
I take my first cup of coffee in the morning black, but if I indulge in coffee in the afternoon or evening, then I'll typically go with a latte. I'm trying to be better about ordering them non-fat. :)
sweet_potato sweet_potato 8 years
Yes calcium absorption is inhibited by caffiene! It sucks but its true.
amandaaa amandaaa 8 years
i don't know too many people who say "oo i love milk." it's just not something many of us like. and yes, whenever i have a latte or drink like that, i tell myself it's okay because i'm getting calcium and such hehe
irishchic33 irishchic33 8 years
Like we really need another reason to get Starbucks. I love milk and dairy products and drink plenty of lattes.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
I love milk. but i'm a fan of mochas, not lattes. Still, lattes are cheaper, aren't they? I also love yogurt!! And Kudos granola bars have calcium in them, too.
thatgirljj thatgirljj 8 years
In the morning I just have a pinch of cream. But in the afternoon if I need a pick-me-up (which is pretty much every day) and haven't had any other dairy product, I get a small non-fat latte.
grapas grapas 8 years
sorry--also forgot to say that doctors recommend taking calcium several hours before or after consuming coffee to make sure it's effective.
grapas grapas 8 years
this isn't true. it's not an urban myth, caffeine really does block the absorption of calcium and other vitamins & minerals. sorry to break the news!!
tshellyedwards tshellyedwards 8 years
Adelka -- good idea on the cinnamon! That sounds tasty on coffee :)
adelka adelka 8 years
Love love love plain coffee, strong, with 2% or nonfat milk, and nothing else. Lattes are yummy too, but if it's caffine you're after, then you won't find much in a latte (35 mg per shot of espresso, shot count based on size you get; a cup of coffee has around 100 mg). p.s. Spice up plain coffee with some ground cinnamon on top of the coffee before you start the maker. Yumm!
tshellyedwards tshellyedwards 8 years
Actually... lol.. if you look at my chatterbox, you will see that I went to Starbucks this morning! :) I just finished my latte a little bit ago... and it was delicious! :P
tshellyedwards tshellyedwards 8 years
Yes, I LOVE my Starbucks, and my lattes! :) I always get non-fat milk, and I love it. I usually use creamer in my plain coffee (fat free half&half), but I like lattes a bit better than just plain coffee. There's something about that tasty espresso kick that makes the difference ;)
Julie2812 Julie2812 8 years
Well that'S good news. I love milk and love lattes!
Jamee-Ro Jamee-Ro 8 years
Supplements are the way to go to make sure you're getting enough calcium. You can drink only non-fat, but even skim milk has a lot of sugar, which a lot of people don't realize. Plain non-fat yogurt is also delicious with some fruit.
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