How to Get Calcium without Dairy in your Diet

How to Get Calcium without Dairy in your Diet

Calcium is one of the best nutrients for a healthy mouth, and the most popular calcium-rich foods are dairy products. But sensitivity to dairy and diet preferences excluding dairy products lead to a lower daily intake of calcium.  The good news is, a number of non-dairy foods and drinks include calcium including:

  • Seeds
  • Some dark, leafy greens
  • Beans and lentils
  • Calcium-fortified cereal

An article by the Campbell Institute for Nutrition Studies discusses how to get all of the calcium you need without dairy in your diet and shares a chart detailing the amount of calcium in each non-dairy food compared to a glass of milk, which contains about 276mg of the recommended 500mg of calcium we need each day. Check out the article here. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient your body also needs to promote calcium absorption. According to the Vitamin D council, the only two ways to absorb the appropriate amount of vitamin D our bodies need is through exposure to sunlight and vitamin D supplements. You can learn more about what the council says about vitamin D absorption and benefits here.



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