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An Easy Way to Remember Your Calcium-Rich Veggies

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

 

If you're lactose intolerant, don't drink milk for personal diet reasons, or just don't like the taste, you've got friends in the plant kingdom, says Geetha Gopalakrishnan MD, director of Bone Health at Women and Infants Hospital. 

And here's a quick and easy way to remember the best ones: think Chinese food.

Stir-fry dishes feature some of the best, calcium-rich veggies around, including broccoli (62 mg of calcium per cup) bok choy (158 mg per cup), and edamame (97 mg per cup).  With a daily target of 1,000 mg of calcium, a nice, veggie-intensive stir-fry has you a third of the way there.

Further, these stir-fry stars are best for encouraging calcium absorption (some dark green leafies, such as spinach and swiss chard, are high in calcium, but contain oxalate, an acid that limits how much calcium your body can absorb). 

So hit the farmer's market, pick up your fresh veggies, and stir fry away… for so many good (and delicious) reasons. 

 

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