Most people are probably aware that they need to include calcium in their diet. In fact, adults need about 1,000 mg of calcium per day.
What most people think of when they think of a high-calcium food is usually milk, cream, butter, cheese, and other dairy products. These are indeed quite high in calcium and many doctors even suggest consuming plenty of dairy products.
However, many people are lactose intolerant. Others may be on diets that preclude milk and such foods. Still others have chosen to follow a vegan lifestyle, which means that they don’t consume dairy products at all.
Thankfully, there are many vegetables and fruits that contain calcium. If sufficient quantities are added to the diet, it is often unnecessary to take calcium supplements.
What are some of the calcium-rich plants? Here are some of them. Which do you commonly include in your diet?
If you like sweet potatoes, you like a calcium-rich vegetable. A cup of sweet potatoes has 180 calories, but it also has 76 mg of calcium. For that matter, it is also high in iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, manganese, and vitamins A, C, B6, thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin. This is a high carb vegetable, however.
Few people would be surprised to find out that spinach is good for them. This is common knowledge. From the time of the Popeye cartoons, people have known that spinach is high in iron. As it happens, it is also one of the best sources of calcium among vegetables. A one-cup serving supplies about 30 mg of calcium. Not bad for a vegetable that only has 7 calories per cup.
A lot of people love the peppery flavor that watercress adds to salads and soups. This is also a great source of calcium. There is about 41 mg of calcium in every cupful.
These are only 10 of many edible plants that contain lots of calcium. The calcium isn't in the huge amounts that milk contains, but it still can go a long way to make sure you get at least 1,000 mg of calcium each day.
Which do you especially like?