|Milk, yogurt & cheese for calcium
Did you know that 99% of the body’s calcium is stored in the skeleton?
Out of 6,908 people, who used the International Osteoporosis Foundation’s Calcium Calculator, 89% of them were deficient in calcium. Breaks down to: 91% Europe; 94% Middle East; 87% Asia-Pacific; 87% Latin America; 85% North America – not consuming enough calcium. The average intake was 594 mg/day. That’s not surprising. Dairy gets a bad rap. People aren’t consuming enough milk, yogurt and cheese.
To get enough calcium, you need:
- · 1,300 mg a day for young people 9-18 years
- · 1,000 mg a day for adults
- · 1,200 mg a day for women over 50 and men over 70
Calcium, along with vitamin D, protein and other nutrients, are necessary to build, maintain and sustain good bone health. If you are not getting enough calcium in your diet, consider taking a calcium supplement.
|Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right
It’s been a busy month helping clients enjoy the taste of eating right. Are you like most people? If food doesn’t taste good, you aren’t going to eat it. To be healthy, it’s important to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. I have found that some people are turned off by vegetables, because they grew up eating them steamed, mushy and flavorless.
Keeping in mind the theme of National Nutrition Month, “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right”, I worked with my clients to find interesting, new ways to prepare vegetables. And do you know what? It worked.
- · If you don’t like anything green, try kale chips. They are surprisingly quick and easy.
- · If you think vegetables are bland, coat cut up pieces of potatoes and carrots in a little oil. Season with a new herb, like rosemary, and roast. Delicious!
- · If you absolutely don’t like vegetables, throw some spinach, celery, and cucumber in a blender with an apple, some yogurt, and ice for a refreshing smoothie.
With a little creativity, it’s easy to enjoy new flavors that taste great. For more ideas, check out eatright.org/nnm.