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- How can I help keep my kids' bones healthy?
- How can I persuade my daughter to drink milk instead of diet soda? She thinks milk will make her fat.
- But my kids don't like milk.
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- My daughter is constantly dieting. Should I be concerned?
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- What else can my kids do besides eating calcium-rich foods and getting plenty of weight-bearing exercise to keep their bones healthy?
- My son has asthma and takes a steroid medication to control it. His doctor said this might affect his bones. Is there anything we can do about this?
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How Can I Persuade My Daughter to Drink Milk Instead of Diet Soda? She Thinks Milk Will Make Her Fat.
Soft drinks tend to displace calcium-rich beverages in the diets of many children and adolescents. In fact, research has shown that girls who drink soft drinks consume much less calcium than those who do not.
It's important for your daughter to know that good sources of calcium don't have to be fattening. Skim milk, low-fat cheeses and yogurt, calcium-fortified juices and cereals, and green leafy vegetables can all fit easily into a healthy, low-fat diet. Replacing even one soda each day with milk or a milk-based fruit smoothie can significantly increase her calcium intake.
Selected Food Sources of Calcium
|Food||Calcium (mg)||Daily Value (%)|
|Sardines, canned in oil, with bones, 3 oz.||324||32|
|Cheddar cheese, 1½ oz., shredded||306||31|
|Milk, nonfat, 8 fl oz.||302||30|
|Yogurt, plain, low fat, 8 oz.||300||30|
|Milk, reduced fat (2% milk fat), no solids, 8 fl oz.||297||30|
|Milk, whole (3.25% milk fat), 8 fl oz.||291||29|
|Milk, buttermilk, 8 fl oz.||285||29|
lactose reduced, 8 fl oz.
(content varies slightly according to fat content; average = 300 mg)
|285 to 302||29 to 30|
|Cottage cheese, 1% milk fat, 2 cups unpacked||276||28|
|Mozzarella, part skim, 1½ oz.||275||28|
|Tofu, firm, with calcium, ½ cup*||204||20|
|Orange juice, calcium fortified, 6 fl oz.||200 to 260||20 to 26|
|Salmon, pink, canned, solids with bone, 3 oz.||181||18|
|Pudding, chocolate, instant, made with 2% milk, ½ cup||153||15|
|Tofu, soft, with calcium, ½ cup*||138||14|
|Breakfast drink, orange flavor, powder prepared with water, 8 fl oz.||133||13|
|Frozen yogurt, vanilla, soft serve, ½ cup||103||10|
|Ready to eat cereal, calcium fortified, 1 cup||100 to 1000||10 to 100|
|Turnip greens, boiled, ½ cup||99||10|
|Kale, raw, 1 cup||90||9|
|Kale, cooked, 1 cup||94||9|
|Ice cream, vanilla, ½ cup||85||8.5|
|Soy beverage, calcium fortified, 8 fl oz.||80 to 500||8 to 50|
|Chinese cabbage, raw, 1 cup||74||7|
|Tortilla, corn, ready to bake/fry, 1 medium||42||4|
|Tortilla, flour, ready to bake/fry, one 6" diameter||37||4|
|Sour cream, reduced fat, cultured, 2 tbsp||32||3|
|Bread, white, 1 oz.||31||3|
|Broccoli, raw, ½ cup||21||2|
|Bread, whole wheat, 1 slice||20||2|
|Cheese, cream, regular, 1 tbsp||12||1|
Source: Heaney et al. 2000; USDA 2002.|
*Calcium values are only for tofu processed with a calcium salt. Tofu processed with a noncalcium salt will not contain significant amounts of calcium.