What do cows eat for strong bones? MILK? No, green grass!
Americans consume a lot of milk annually along with Scandinavian countries, and many European countries.
In fact, we’re in the top 12 consumers of milk among all the countries in the world, yet the United States along with Europe account for more than half of all bone fractures in the world. And the incidences of osteoporosis in these countries are increasing every year. How does this happen if we are consuming cartons and cartons of milk, which is supposedly good for developing strong bones? Why do we have high incidences of osteoporosis?
The truth is there are SO MANY better food options for obtaining calcium in your diet than milk. There is a list of the top 120 foods containing the most amount of calcium per gram, and this list was created by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture).
Do you want to know what’s at the top of the list? Seeds! Nuts! Leafy Greens! Seaweed. Where is cows milk?! Down around #50. Pretty shocking, huh?! Gram for gram, milk is beat out by 50 plant based calcium rich foods!
Here are just a few of the foods that blow milk out of the water with their calcium content.
- Raw almonds (over double the mg of calcium)
- Sesame seed butter/tahini (triple the mg of calcium as milk)
- White beans (double the calcium as milk)
- Flax seeds (almost double the calcium of milk)
- Kidney beans (you get the idea, more calcium)
- Turnip greens
- Dandelion greens
- French beans
- Brazil nuts
- Navy beans
- Collard greens
- Dried figs
- Mung beans
- Raw parsley
If you would like to know more about eating Healthy Vegetarian, check out EasyVeggieMealPlans.com
Karen has some really tasty recipes and ideas on incorporating a moderately high protein diet into the vegetarian lifestyle. Enjoy!