I am very surprised to read your recommendation of Dairy as the best source of calcium. Current research shows that women who have diets high in dairy and other animal products have higher rates of osteoporosis then women in countries with a diet of little or no dairy and less meat. The Harvard Nurses study has found that women who consumed more dairy had a higher rate of osteoporosis and arthritis then the nurses who consumed less.
Much of this research correlates with research showing a more acidic diet (dairy and meat as well as grains have an acidic finish or ash after digestion) leads to calcium being drawn from the bones in order to maintain our bloods natural, slightly alkaline, 7.4 pH.
The is not a lot of strong evidence to prove that our bodies make use of synthetic vitamins and minerals in fortified juices and foods.
Dark leafy greens, lightly steamed, edamame, tofu and soy products, almond milk, butter or raw and sesame seeds (tahini paste) are great sources of calcium that is more accessible to the body.
Cow's milk is great for baby cows and not many others. Lactose is very difficult for 80% of the population to digest and allergy or sensitivity to casein (a protein in milk) is very common. This increased sensitivity could be in part due to the North American practice of homogenizing and pasteurizing milk (not as common in Europe, think delicious French cheeses). People with Asthma, allergies, Crohn's, Colitis, IBS, Sinus problems, kids with chronic ear/nose/throat infections should greatly reduce or eliminate dairy. Try it for 2-3 weeks see how your feel. Signs of a dairy sensitivity include: gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, blocked sinuses and headaches.
09/22/2009 - 3:11pm
I totally agree with Rebecca. It is a proven fact that eating dairy products its unhealthy.