By Emma Slattery, Student Nutritionist
I'm certain everyone can remember a time when they were younger when a parent or adult told you to drink your milk for strong bones. Everyone remembers the emphasis on dairy products and making sure you get enough calcium all throughout childhood. A glass of milk with dinner, the carton of milk served with school lunches. Now that we're in college that tends to fall by the wayside with water accompanying most meals and the milk in the dining halls being used in coffee or on cereal.
With this drop in milk consumption, are college students meeting our calcium requirements?
When people think of foods with calcium, the dairy group comes to mind first. This is for a good reason since dairy products are very high in calcium! However, they don't hold a monopoly over dietary sources of calcium. Other foods including nuts, soy products, and leafy greens can be excellent sources of dietary calcium and help fill the dietary recommendation for calcium.
Including a spinach side salad with lunch, a snack of trail mix, and a tofu stir fry with broccoli is just one idea on how to include calcium rich foods in your diet. Including milk with cereal, a cheese stick snack, or cheese on a sandwich are additional easy ways to get calcium rich diary products easily in your diet.
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