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From: Leslie (
Subject: Re: can vegan really get enough calcium without supplements?
Date: September 28, 2004 at 10:11 pm PST

In Reply to: can vegan really get enough calcium without supplements? posted by vegan girly on September 22, 2004 at 9:17 am:

One really sure way to get enough is to drink fortified orange juice, one cup contains 300 mg. of calcium, also fortified soymilk has the same amount. Use tofu that is made with calcium sulfate, it is very high in calcium also, and as Christine said, leafy greens. Something I've been trying to to is have a green salad every day with greens like kale and collards cut very small and mixed in with softer lettuces. With a dressing it's easy to gobble up. You can also add calcium-rich greens to things like soups, without hardly noticing they're there.

I read very recently that you can get too much calcium, which can cause its own problems, the calcium issue is so much more complex than the dairy industry's simplistic advice to drink more milk -- it involves issues surrouding not just how much you get but how much you keep. You probably know the things that cause calcium to be excreted are animal protein, excess sodium and sugar in your diet. Exercise helps your body to deposit it in the bones, where it belongs.

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