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What is the calcium content in food? Is it really possible to have a calcium-rich diet as a vegan? Is dairy the best type of food for absorbing calcium?
Below is a list of the calcium content of different foods. Serving sizes are based on average portions, and calcium content is, while as precise as possible, is approximate. This is because calcium content varies in methods of production, recipe and brands. Some other brands producing the same foods may be use fortification techniques.
Sardines in oil, canned
Custard made with milk,
Ice cream, vanilla
Of course, there are other foods contain good levels of calcium, however, these are some of the highest that are common in a western diet.
Veganism provides a perfect amount of calcium in the diet as long as it is balanced and varied. However, an omnivore arguably has an easier time with calcium because of the richness in foods like milk and cheese.
While you are concentrating on your calcium intake, beware that there are habits, lifestyle choices or illnesses that can inhibit or deplete calcium supplies. These include:
- Low body mass index
- Poor nutrition
- Vitamin D deficiency
- Eating disorders
- Insufficient exercise
- Low dietary calcium intake
- Frequent falls
While these can be reduced, some of them may benefit from professional care to help reduce or alleviate the damage it may cause on the skeletal system.