For those who follow Fitness You Can Live With on Facebook you know that this Thursday was about testing your knowledge. The question being…
WHICH ONE HAS MORE CALCIUM DAIRY MILK OR ALMOND MILK?
The winner is ALMOND MILK…sorry to say but calcium does not originate within a cow. It is a mineral and minerals come from the soil, so the best place to get your calcium is from plant foods. With plant foods you are getting a superior form of calcium that is highly absorb-able because of the non acidic nature of these foods. Sadly the “Got milk” ads are big big dairy money and have us believe that the more dairy products we consume the better off our bones will be. So I question why the countries with that consume the most dairy products including the U.S have the highest rates of bone fractures? Recent studies show that over 50% of postmenopausal women in the U.S. have osteopaths or osteoporosis.
I cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk contains 45% calcium and zero grams of sugar
1 cup of dairy milk contains 30% calcium and 13 grams of sugar
Our bones start to lose mass after age 30 and the best ways to slow that process down are to weight train a few times per week , avoid diets rich in animal protein that decrease the level of PH in our blood which causes calcium to be leached from our bones, limit sodium intake,stop buying soft drinks and quitting smoking.
Think about these tid bits
- An 8oz glass of 1% milk has more saturated fat in it than a strip of bacon. Not to mention its basically water with sugar added.
- There is more calcium in 4oz of the average serving of tofu or in ¾ cup of collard greens than there is in a glass of milk
- If you do not like almond milk try out things like soy milk,rice milk,coconut milk,hemp milk or flax milk They are all much lower in calories,sugar and fat than dairy milk is. They are not loaded with antibiotics and hormones either
Humans are the only mammals that routinely drink milk beyond infancy. When you really think about it…cow’s milk is for cows. Its purpose is to help a calf grow into a 1,000 pound farm animal; not to meet the nutritional requirements of adult humans.
Other plant foods high in calcium include: