HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - This month, why not give your bone strength a big boost!
May is National Osteoporosis Awareness Month, a time to think about building bone strength and density.
We sat down with a registered dietician to find out the best sources of calcium, even if you don’t eat dairy.
What do we need to know to prevent osteoporosis?
“Osteoporosis is a huge thing. In fact research shows that every one and three women are going to have some kind of bone break or fracture in their life. A lot of time that can be the wrist or the hip. It’s very common. So it’s really important that you eat foods like dairy. Milk yogurt and cheese are the number one food sources for calcium and Vitamin D in the diet. So really making sure that kids and adults 9 and older get the three recommended servings a day they need to help build up strong bones in childhood and maintain them in adult hood. The better you take care of their bones and get that calcium rich food in their diet now the better off they will be later,” said Laura Marbury, Manager of Food and Nutrition Outreach.
"We’re seeing more people now that are going away from dairy. Are there other calcium sources?
“That would be from your fatty fish like tuna or salmon also from eggs that are fortified with Vitamin D. Exercise is a great way too to help maintain strong bones and lean muscle mass that will protect your bones especially weight bearing exercise. Milk is also a very important source of protein phosphorous potassium those are all nutrients your body needs to maintain healthy strong bones. Try to aim to get 3 servings of dairy a day whether it be from milk, yogurt or cheese.” said Marbury.
The Dairy Alliance recommends you compare milk varieties to make sure they offer 9 essential nutrients and Vitamin D.
Look for words like protein, niacin and calcium when selecting dairy products to add into your diet.