If you live your life dairy-free — or even if you’re the type of person who can’t go a day without cheese — this infographic from MyVega.com is the perfect guide for you to estimate how much calcium you’re getting from the plants you eat.
About to cook some kale for dinner? Scroll down to “Vegetables,” and you’ll find that 1 cup of cooked kale contains 17% of your recommended daily intake of calcium. The infographic also offers this kind of nutritional information for fruits, beans and legumes, nuts and seeds, grains and “fortifieds,” such as almond milk and orange juice.
A March 2013 study linked calcium supplementation in men with a higher risk of heart disease, and a February 2013 study found an association between excessive calcium intake in women and an increased likelihood of heart-related death. If you think you’re getting your recommended daily dose (1,000 mg for the average adult) from your food, a supplement might be unnecessary. Talk to your doctor before making a decision.
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