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What Are Some Good Sources of Calcium for a Plant-Based Family?

Posted on 6/3/2024 by Bryan Neu
selection of health fruits an vegetablesIf your family has decided to live plant-based, you can be faced with a variety of choices. There are a lot of options for finding plant-based calcium choices, but you will need to use your resources to make sure your family gets the perfect amount of calcium they need. Here are some plant-based options for your family.

Why Is Calcium So Important?

It would be difficult for teeth to survive and thrive without calcium. Calcium is one of the essential vitamins teeth must have to keep their enamel hard and repel bacteria. Whether you have young children at home who need calcium for teeth growth and development or a senior parent who needs to keep their teeth strong, calcium is important for everyone.

Good Calcium Options for Plant-Based Families

One of the best sources of non-dairy calcium is from almonds. You can find almond milk, almond yogurt, and even almond cheese. The only problem with choosing almonds as a good source of calcium is if you have someone in your family who is allergic to nuts.

If your family cannot use nut products, you may want to opt for soy-based products instead. You can find calcium in soy milk, yogurt, cheese, and tofu. Soybeans are an excellent plant-based, non-dairy option.

Want to steer away from dairy substitutes? No problem. Plenty of seeds contain a lot of calcium, such as chia seeds, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds. In fact, nearly all seeds contain calcium. Beans such as edamame, chickpeas, soybeans, and lentils are great calcium sources as well. You may also want to try leafy greens, such as bok choy, broccoli, and kale, to get your calcium.

Not sure which calcium options your plant-based family should try first? Dentists are always ready to talk to patients about their dietary choices. If you are not sure how to determine if your family is getting enough calcium, why not reach out to us today to make a dental appointment? We cannot wait to hear from you!

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