Calcium is very important for the growth and strength of your and your families bones. Any dietary form of calcium can be counted towards the recommended daily intake, but milk is often the most obtainable. Lactose-free milk, soy, and rice drinks are becoming more popular though, and they are becoming less expensive.
In addition to milk, soy milk, lactose free milk, and rice drinks, there are a variety of foods that can assist a child in reaching sufficient levels of calcium. Here are a few options:
- Dairy options: yogurt, milk, and cheese
- Leafy green veggies: broccoli, spinach, and kale
- Fruits: Oranges
- Beans and peas: tofu, peanuts, peas, black beans, baked beans
- Fish: sardines and salmon
- Brown sugar
Vitamin D is a necessary component that allows the body to absorb the calcium it takes in. In the United States milk and a variety of other foods are fortified with Vitamin D, including bread and cereal. Vitamin D also occurs naturally in salmon, sardines, and egg yolks. Sunlight is another way to provide the body with Vitamin D because it is synthesized through the skin. To read more about the benefits and sources of calcium and vitamin D, click here.
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