Your Diet Can Help Protect Your Bones

Calcium is found in many foods.  You can get the recommended amount of calcium by eating a variety of foods:

  • Milk, yogurt and cheese are the main food sources of calcium for the majority of people in the U.S.
  • Kale, broccoli and Chinese cabbage are fine vegetable sources of calcium.
  • Fish with soft bones that you eat, such as canned sardines and salmon, are good animal sources of calcium.
  • Most grains (such as breads, pastas and unfortified cereals), while not rich in calcium, add significant amounts of calcium to the diet because people eat them often or in large amounts.
  • Calcium is added to some breakfast cereals, fruit juices, soy and rice beverages, and tofu.  To find out whether these foods have calcium, check the product labels.

Source:  National Institutes of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements