Although some foods contain calcium-binding substances such as oxalates and phytates, calcium absorption from foods is not a problem if you eat a balanced and varied diet.
Ideas for Action:
- If greens are significant calcium sources for you, be sure to rely on calcium-rich vegetables low in oxalates, such as broccoli, kale and bok choy or other mustard greens.
- Don’t worry about the oxalates in chocolate milk. There aren’t enough oxalates to interfere with the much larger quantity of calcium.
- Try the Calcium Calculator™ online, or order the Calcium Calculator™ brochure to discover a variety of calcium-rich foods
National Academy of Sciences. Dietary reference intakes for calcium & vitamin D. Committee to Review Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin D and Calcium. Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine, 2010.
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