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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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