It’s easy to get extra calcium in your body by taking supplements, but it’s healthier to get your nutrients and minerals from food. Dairy products like milk and cheese are rich in calcium, but are not good options for those who suffer from dairy intolerance. If you’re one who is sensitive to dairy products, you can turn to plant-based sources like the ones illustrated below.
If you love vegetables, you should try to eat more bean sprouts, collard greens, spinach or turnip greens; they offer some of the largest percentages of calcium. You can even get creative and make an “Asian-inspired” salad. Fruits like figs and rhubarb are also rich in calcium. You may also want to try to incorporate more beans and legumes in your diet like soy beans, white beans, tempeh and tofu.
Since calcium is such an essential mineral and has quite a few benefits, it’s really important to get your daily requirement. However, if you do decide to go the supplement route, be sure to stay clear of calcium carbonate, since it’s difficult for your bones to absorb.
Out of all the plant-based sources listed on the infographic, which ones are your favorite?