Most people will know calcium plays a vital role in strengthening bones and teeth. There used to be a television advert in England when I was growing up saying ‘Int milk brilliant!’.
We were led to believe that if we drank our milk we would grow up to be big and strong and that nothing would be able to stop us!
But what about in more recent times when we have been discouraged from consuming too much dairy. There is also what seems to be an ever increasing number of people who are lactose intolerant.
I personally love dairy, milk, cheese, yoghurts mmm yes please but I do limit my intake. Partly because I think moderation is always good, partly because I worry about the sugars in dairy and more importantly because I get sick of all the spots it gives me.
On a side note does anyone eat spicy cheese, cheese with chillies in? Jeez it is sooooooo good put it in a burger or something where it melts and it goes tacky and sticks to the roof of your mouth. I am literally going to go make that for my dinner now!
Anyway, we hear calcium and we immediately think dairy. Of course, we can also get it in as a vitamin tablet but there has been some concern voiced by experts who think it may have links to an increased risk of a heart attack in tablet form.
So it may please you to know that green leafy vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, kale all contain calcium.
Good news then that you may be able to get the calcium you need from your diet and without eating copious amounts of dairy, no matter how tempting that may be.
Nuts also contain calcium and I would hazard a guess that bone broths do as well.
If you have a roast chicken on a Sunday just save the carcass when your done and slow cook it with some vegetables to make your own broth that can be used for soups or gravy stock.
It is up to you how you want to get your calcium, I get mine from my diet as you have probably guessed after all the excited talk about cheese.
I, of course, get the majority of it from the leafy vegetables and nuts with a smaller amount coming from dairy. I have made bone broths on occasion but it isn’t something I can honestly say I do regularly.
If you want to take it in tablet form that is entirely your choice and I have done so in the past.
Just bear in mind the warnings experts have given and if you experience stomach pain and regular visits to the lavatory then you are most likely taking too much!