By Erica Laceria on Jan 13, 2017 @ 10:00 AM
Everyone has heard the saying about how milk does the body good (and teeth too). However, many struggle with finding alternatives to milk to get the appropriate calcium intake. So, if you’re wondering “Where do I get calcium besides milk?” you’ll soon find out! The amount of calcium available in other foods is surprisingly abundant, and it can be found in vegetables and fruits among other food groups. Here are six calcium rich foods you may not have yet considered:
- Collard Greens - This traditionally southern food may not be the healthiest source of calcium because of how it is most often prepared, but it is loaded with 84 milligrams of calcium per cup.
- Broccoli - Yet another green food that is a solid source of calcium. It doesn't have quite the level of calcium as other foods (86 milligrams for every two cups - raw), but it is a great and healthy way to boost your calcium levels.
- Kale - Dubbed as a "superfood", that may be an accurate label. One benefit of this superfood is the 101 milligrams delivered per 1 cup of diced kale. For those on a diet, it is worth noting that kale also has a mere 30 calories per serving.
- Figs - Yes, you heard that right. The sweet and sticky fruit contains 68 milligrams of calcium for every half cup. Even those with a sweet tooth have no excuse for getting their daily calcium intake.
- Oranges - This might be the most unexpected of the group, but oranges are an excellent source to supplement your calcium intake. One large orange will give you about 74 milligrams of calcium.
- Cheese - A product of milk, but so very different (and delicious)! A mere 1 oz., or one slice, of cheese will provide you with 202 milligrams of calcium. Throw some cheese on your kale salad and now we’re really talking!
Finding available sources of calcium isn't difficult, it simply requires a little digging. Milk is good and good for the body, but so are many other foods. So, take some time now and again to review your diet and make sure that you are giving your body what it needs.Your body and your healthwill appreciate it in the long run.