Dairy is important in helping you maintain good bone health, and it contains healthy proteins and vitamins. People of all ages need to incorporate several servings of low-fat dairy in their diet for overall good health.
It is suggested that calcium come from the foods you eat rather than through supplements. Supplements are good, but they should not be an excuse for a poor diet. They should only be used to fill in the gaps.
So which foods and beverages are good sources of calcium?
Excellent choices include low-fat milk, low-fat plain yogurt, also cheeses. The best choices of cheese are parmesan, cheddar, low-fat mozzarella and low-fat cottage cheese. Fortified orange juice is also a good source of calcium.
Ice cream, whole milk, cream cheese, sour cream and high-fat smoothies all contain lots of calcium, but are also higher in fat and in most cases have more sugar.
Brands you'll find in the dairy department at your Country Mart
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