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Healthwise Q&A: Calcium

Everyday Food, March 2009

Q: How can I make sure I'm getting enough calcium in my diet?

A: To help promote healthy bones and teeth, it's a great idea to get your RDA of calcium (1,000 mg). Dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt are a solid start, but to guarantee you reach your goal, it's best to seek out other calcium-rich foods, too. Good sources include green leafy vegetables, beans, tofu, figs, and almonds. Or try calcium-fortified orange juice and cereals, as well as canned fish with bones, such as sardines and salmon. In addition, some of these foods also contain vitamin D, which helps promote calcium absorption.

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