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How to Eat 1,000 mg of Calcium a Day

Calcium does the body good. Not only does it build strong bones and teeth, it aids with muscle function and helps keep your heart beating regularly. While there are plenty of food sources for this bone-building mineral other than dairy, I am not sure I have been meeting the recommended daily intake (RDI) of 1,000 milligrams. Supplements are always an option, but getting calcium from food sources is better for your bones. With all this in mind, I decided to track what I ate for a day to see if I was meeting the RDI.

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Meal Food Calcium
Breakfast Two whole grain waffles 100 mg
1/2 cup plain lowfat yogurt 200 mg
1/4 cup lowfat milk in coffee 78 mg
Snack 1 ounce of almonds

70 mg
1 cup whole strawberries 23 mg
Lunch 1 spinach and jack cheese tamale 320 mg
1/2 cup carrots 22 mg
2 ounces avocado 3 mg
Dinner Grilled chicken breast 12 mg
1 cup steamed broccoli 45 mg
1 cup arugula 45 mg
1 ounce goat cheese 85 mg
1 slice whole grain bread 20 mg

While I did hit the magic number of 1,000 milligrams, I feel like I just barely made it. I drink a fair bit of milk in my coffee in the morning, and coffee can decrease the amount of calcium absorbed, but only two to three mg per cup. Of more concern is spinach. While it is relatively high in calcium, it contains oxalic acid, which may bind to the mineral preventing absorption.


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