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Natural calcium contained in foods is easier for the body to absorb. Boost your calcium intake with the help of this free video by a licensed dietitian.

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Hi, I'm Charlotte Lawson, a registered and licensed dietitian. If looking for the calcium content in foods, we're trying to find where calcium is naturally found, hopefully I can provide you with a little bit of information. First, you probably think of our dairy sources, which typically, is an excellent source of calcium, naturally occurring, and ready available for our body to absorb. This can be both in fluid milk, could be in yogurt, could be in our cheeses, all of these still have the calcium combined. And also keep in mind, when you're choosing different milks, for instance whole milk versus skim milk, the calcium content doesn't change, and all that's really being removed is that fat. And your skim is of course the best choice you can have. Now what are some other alternatives, say for instance you can't have dairy products? Well luckily, our tofu, and some vegetable sources, such as spinach, broccoli, even nuts like almonds have a good source of calcium. So if you're getting a well rounded diet, eating combinations of whole grains and vegetables, even some of your fruits, not that they have calcium, but they're still very important, and including about three dairy servings a day, of low-fat or non-fat, you should be getting a significant source of calcium. Now keep in mind we probably have a goal of about one thousand, two hundred milligrams of calcium per day, and this does change a little bit depending on how old you are, and also if you're male or female, as females typically need a little bit more, especially as we hit the later ages. Now again, look into your dairy products and try those vegetables as well. I'm Charlotte, and eat happy.

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