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Staying Healthy Dairy-Free

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Staying Healthy Dairy-Free

A big misconception about vegetarianism is that a vegetarian doesn't get enough calcium. This myth is readily applied to vegetarians but is a fallacy. It is probable that this thought is directed more towards vegans than vegetarians (vegans do not eat dairy products while some types of vegetarians do). The truth is, however, that while milk and other dairy products may be high in calcium, they are not the only food substances that contain it. Some of the best sources of protein are dark green, leafy vegetables.

In addition, vegetarians are at an advantage because their bodies assimilate the calcium ingested a lot more easily during digestion. In fact, vegetarians are less prone to osteoporosis than meat-eaters. If the lack of calcium is the only thing stopping you from becoming a vegetarian, then move on over to greener pastures! There are many vegetarian entrees and snacks that contain calcium, here are a few calcium-rich, meat-free possibilities:

  • White/Wholemeal bread, Taco Shells, Oats

  • Soyabeans, Tofu, Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Pistachios, Sunflower Seeds

  • Sesame Seeds, Flax Seed, Carob

  • Turnip Greens, Watercress, Broccoli, Carrots, Cabbage, Garlic, Parsley

  • Spirulina, Chives, Seaweed, Cauliflower, Okra, Cassava

  • Figs, Papaya, Rhubarb, Molasses



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