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Question:I' m a vegan, How can I get enough calcium to prevent osteoporosis?
Answer:The dairy industry has done a very good job of convincing us that we must consume dairy foods to get enough calcium in our diets, and many people drink milk for just this reason. But it doesn' t agree with quite a few of us. Dairy foods are a common allergen, can cause mucus and sinus problems and can exacerbate asthma, hay fever and digestive problems. Some also think it can up your risk of getting osteoporosis by providing too much acidic protein and not enough magnesium and other nutrients needed to get calcium into the bones.

The thing I always ask those who assert we can' t get enough calcium without dairy foods is ' Where do cows get their calcium?' The answer, of course, is green leafy vegetables. But you don' t have to eat grass - spinach, kale, broccoli, watercress, parsley and green cabbage are great sources of calcium as well as the magnesium needed to use it properly. Seeds and nuts are also rich in both calcium and magnesium. Finally, many products, like tofu, breakfast cereals and soya milk, are now fortified with calcium, so getting enough shouldn' t be a problem on a sensible vegan diet.

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