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Calcium for Strong Teeth Does Not Always Have to Come from Dairy

Posted on 12/7/2020 by Rho Family Dentistry
Some of our patients complain that it is hard to add calcium to their diet, as they are lactose intolerant, or they think milk or cheese has too many calories. However, what they do not realize is that calcium can be accessed from more than dairy products. The following information provides tips about adding the mineral with non-dairy, calcium-rich foods.

Foods that Contain Calcium that are Not Dairy Foods

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), you can get calcium from more than just dairy foods. This agency of the government sets nutritional standards that enable people to improve their nutrition and balance out their diet. The USDA adds that calcium can be consumed in foods that are not part of the Dairy Group. The amount of calcium absorbed depends on the food. Some of the foods have been fortified with calcium, such as rice milk, almond milk, juices, and cereals. Also, canned fish, such as sardines or salmon with the bones are rich in the mineral. You can also get calcium from soy products, such as tofu prepared with calcium sulfate or tempeh. Moreover, you can lower your calorie consumption and get your daily calcium intake by eating leafy green vegetables. Some of the leafy foods include turnip greens, collard greens, mustard greens, bok choy, and kale.

Non-dairy Foods that are Super-rich in Calcium

Besides the above foods, certain non-dairy foods are super rich in calcium. For example, many seeds add a rich source of calcium to a person's diet. Seeds include celery, chia, and sesame seeds. You can also get your fill of calcium from lentils and white beans. Mustard greens contain as much calcium as some cheeses. So, you are not depriving yourself of the mineral if you find the right non-dairy foods to eat.

If you want to strengthen your teeth, you don't necessarily have to resort to buying from the dairy case. You can also supplement your diet with calcium by eating seeds, beans, greens, fish, and tofu. If you have not done so already, give us a call about setting an appointment for a cleaning and exam. We can help keep your teeth sparkling and strong.

Jeffrey J. Rho, DDS

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