Health Watch — Strong Bones: The Nutrition Factor

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about keeping your bones strong and healthy. Nutrition is an important factor in maintaining strong bones. You need adequate amounts of both calcium and vitamin D to keep your bones as strong as possible. But a recent government report found that only one in four Americans gets enough calcium.

Three servings of low-fat or non-fat dairy foods a day will help you meet your calcium needs. If you have difficulty digesting dairy foods or if you avoid animal products, you can still meet your calcium requirements, but it may be more challenging. Dr. Scott Grundy, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says dark greens and calcium-fortified orange juice are good non-dairy calcium sources, as is calcium-fortified tofu. Soy milk has a fraction of the calcium content as dairy milk, unless the soy milk has added calcium, so check the nutrition label.


October 2007

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