When people think calcium, they think milk, cheese and other dairy products. Did you know that calcium is in other healthy foods like fruits and vegetables? Some of these foods actually contains more calcium and your body even absorbs it better…yes, like in broccoli. Your body absorbs 61% of the calcium from broccoli as opposed to milk, which only absorbs 32%.1
Before we list these calcium rich foods, let explain what calcium is and the benefits it has for your body.
Scientifically, calcium is the chemical element with the symbol Ca and atomic number 20. It has an atomic mass of 40.078 amu. Calcium is a soft gray alkaline earth metal, and is the fifth-most-abundant element by mass in the Earth’s crust (Wikipedia). Not only does it make up a large portion of the earth’s crust, it does for the body as well. It is a necessary mineral for living creatures to survive.
Nutritionally, calcium is used throughout your body in many ways including forming, strengthening, and maintaining bones and teeth (especially for later in life), maintain a healthy weight, clot your blood, contacting muscles, maintain a normal heartbeat, just to name a few.
Calcium is used in so many ways throughout the body. It is necessary for contracting muscles, forming and strengthening bones and teeth, conducting nerve impulses throughout the body, clotting blood, maintaining a normal heartbeat, as well as other important processes.
List of Healthy Foods that contain calcium
|NUTS (1 oz)|
|VEGETABLES & FRUITS (1 cup)|
|Collard Greens, Cooked||266||49|
|Blackeye Peas, cooked||211||160|
|Turnip Greens, cooked||197||29|
|Beet, greens, cooked||164||39|
|Dandelion, greens, cooked||147||35|
|BEANS & LEGUEMES (1 cup)|
|Soybeans, greens, cooked||261||254|
|Soybeans, mature, steamed||56||76|
|MEATS/SEAFOODS (3 oz)|
|Tofu, firm, prepared with nigarib||147||75|
|General Mills Wholegrain Total (3/4 cup)||1000||100|
|Molasses, blackstrap, 1 Tbsp||172||47|
|MILK (8 oz)/CHEESES (1 oz)/YOGURT (8 oz)|
|Yogurt, plain, skim||452||137|
|Milk, fat free||306||86|
|Milk, low fat||290||102|
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