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Published on Jan 19, 2010

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I'm in Grand Junction, CO visiting my family. I wanted to introduce my mom to you. She is the one who got me started on my healthy path and is my inspiritation.

I wanted to talk about the best sources of calcium. While I was down here getting some breakfast, I noticed a little milk carton. It says this is an excellent source of calcium. I have to admit, this makes me laugh everytime I see it. There are so many people who believe the best source of calcium comes from milk. I want to take this time to debunk this myth and talk about what really are the best sources of calcium.

We, as a country, consume the highest amounts of milk, however, we also have the highest rate of osteoperosis. There are so many better choices you can make and there is even a list of the top 100 best sources of calcium. At the top of the list are items such as nuts, green leafy vegetables, seeds and seaweeds. Gram for gram, cow's milk is actually at number 50. Not in the top 10, 20, 30 or even 40!! There are just more advertising dollars behind milk.

You can get so much calcium and minerals in foods such as leafy greens, kale, broccoli, legumes and sesame seeds.

You have to remember that in order to have strong bones, your body needs more than just calcium. It also needs minerals to help bind the calcium together. That's why the greens and plant based calciums are better for you because they contain the minerals your body needs to create healthy and strong bones.

The American Heart Association did a study that showed vegetarian sources of calcium are easier to absorb and they retain more of the calcium from plant based food than non-vegetarian foods. That is a very interesting study, but it doesn't get much advertising.

Remember to find out the best sources of calcium and make sure you get those into your diet. Increase the amounts of calcium into your diet!

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