Saturday, May 8, 2010

What About Calcium?

I took Hannah to the doctors for her 4-year check up and I was questioned about where she was getting her calcium from. Hannah has eczema and I notice when she has excessive dairy she will break out. So it isn't worth it to me to give it to her for the calcium. PLUS...I don't buy dairy cheese, dairy milk, dairy ice cream. On very very rare occasions do I buy it. Don't get me wrong, I love the taste of it but after not eating it consistently I notice that it affects my stomach, so I try really hard not to eat it, which means, Hannah doesn't eat it either. Not to mention there is cholesterol in it.

I do buy Soy Ice Cream, Soy Milk, Tofu, Soy Cheese, and Rice Cheese. I have learned to enjoy it and not get upset when I make a pizza with the soy cheese and it isn't as "gooey" like real cheese. It does the job and the whole family eats it. It has less fat..NO cholesterol, which is my main goal and it actually tastes good to me. I don't struggle as much as I use to when I first limited the amounts of cheese in my diet.

So back on Calcium....Hannah's doctor questioned her calcium (She made NO reference to veggies that had calcium in it and the walls in the dr. rooms are plastered with charts with dairy all of them.) and this made me think..."Where is she getting her calcium from?". Where does calcium come from? Well, we eat lots and lots of Kale and Spinach and broccoli. Her and I drink Soy Milk.

I am not a complete crazy when it comes to cheese. I would prefer not to eat it but there are worse things out there. Although I do have a problem with the way the dairy farmers treat the cows and the anti-biotics that are given to the cows just so that they can eat the corn that they give them. But that is not the point of this post. The point is to educate myself and you about other forms of calcium in real foods.

Blackstrap molasses 2 Tbsp 400
Collard greens, cooked 1 cup 357
Tofu, processed with
calcium sulfate*
4 ounces 200-330
Calcium-fortified orange juice 8 ounces 300
Soy or ricemilk, commercial,
calcium-fortified, plain
8 ounces 200-300
Commercial soy yogurt, plain 6 ounces 80-250
Turnip greens, cooked 1 cup 249
Tofu, processed with nigari* 4 ounces 80-230
Tempeh 1 cup 215
Kale, cooked 1 cup 179
Soybeans, cooked 1 cup 175
Okra, cooked 1 cup 172
Bok choy, cooked 1 cup 158
Mustard greens, cooked 1 cup 152
Tahini 2 Tbsp 128
Broccoli, cooked 1 cup 94
Almonds 1/4 cup 89
Almond butter 2 Tbsp 86
Soy milk, commercial, plain 8 ounces 80


  1. My kids are a trifle sensitive to dairy, too. And it bothers their daddy's stomach. We eat a LOT of almonds. Trader Joe's sells big bags of raw almonds for a great price. And we're big fans of almond milk too. I try to stay away from too much soy purely because it's not fantastic for boys or men because of the estrogen mimicking properties, and since I'm nursing Sayer, it's probably not the best idea.

    I had NO idea that molasses had so much calcium! I have a great orange-molasses chicken recipe that would transfer quite nicely to tofu... I'll have to dig it up :)

  2. Yeah..I don't think of Molasses as having calcium in it at all. I am thankful that Hannah eats kale and broccoli. And she actually like tempeh. Have you made that before?


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