Top calcium-rich foods for stronger bones (Hint: They aren’t dairy!)

By: Bel Marra Health | Bone Health | Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 11:00 AM

calcium-rich foodsUntil now, you’ve been told that dairy is a great source of calcium, which is needed for strong bones. Unfortunately, many of us cannot eat dairy, either due to dietary intolerances, allergies, or even personal preference. So what are you supposed to do to keep your bones strong? Well, the good news is, there are plenty of non-dairy food items that are packed with calcium for you to enjoy.

If you’re concerned about your aging bones and want to keep them strong, opt for these non-dairy foods.

Non-dairy foods packed with calcium for strong bones

Food item Mg/serving
Bok choy 79 mg per ½ cup
Beet greens 82 mg per ½ cup
Almonds 82 mg per one ounce
Pinto beans 86 mg per ½ cup
Kale 90 mg per ½ cup
White beans 96 mg per ½ cup
Tahitian taro root 102 mg per ½ cup
Cowpeas 106 mg per ½ cup
Nopales 122 mg per ½ cup
Spinach 123 mg per ½ cup
Turnip greens 125 mg per ½ cup
Edamame 131 mg per ½ cup
Amaranth leaves 138 mg per ½ cup
Mustard green 142 mg per ½ cup
Collard greens 188 mg per ½ cup
Tempeh 184 mg per one cup
Stinging nettles 214 mg per ½ cup
Sesame seeds 273 mg per once ounce
Tofu 861 mg per ½ cup

 

The best part about these food items is that you can combine many of them together in one dish to really boost your calcium levels.

If you’re looking for alternative ways to boost your calcium without the use of dairy, these leafy, nut, and bean varieties can very well help you get in your daily dose of calcium, which is 1,000 mg for men and 1,200 mg for women over the age of 50.


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Sources:

http://www.prevention.com/food/the-20-highest-calcium-vegan-foods/1-tofu
https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Calcium-HealthProfessional/

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