Hi, my name is Heather Snively and I am a Registered Dietitian with Guckenheimer. Welcome to Food Myths Exposed where Guckenheimer’s dietitians deconstruct facts and debunk myths surrounding food, nutrition and health.
Now more than ever, experts are talking about the importance of pushing plants forward for optimal health. Sometimes I hear concerns about the ability to get enough nutrients from a plant-based diet – take calcium for instance.
Calcium is crucial for building strong bones in earlier years and preventing bone loss as we age. It’s also an important nutrient for maintaining healthy blood pressure and recent studies show it may even help promote a healthy weight.
We all know dairy products are one of the best sources, but is it possible to get enough calcium from plants alone?
It turns out; there are plenty of plant-based foods that are good calcium sources. And a great place to start is at breakfast!
If you’re one of the 300 million Americans that start their day with cereal,
You’re probably using milk to go with it, but cow’s milk isn’t the only option. There are some great plant based non-dairy alternatives such as calcium fortified soy, almond, and oat milk.
Yogurt versions of these also make great breakfast options.
Just check labels for added sugar – unsweetened options are your best bet!
You can also take a walk down your produce aisle and find a whole bunch more plant-based calcium sources. Sources such as deep green leafy’s like broccoli, kale, collards and cabbage, make great additions to an egg omelet, a green smoothie or a breakfast salad!
As you can see, there are plenty of ways get your calcium with plant-based options – all beginning with breakfast!
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