Getting 1,200 mg of calcium daily from food, not supplements, makes fat cells burn more easily
We were surprised to learn that the source of your daily calcium makes a difference. It seems that when you consume foods with calcium in them that helps your fat cells burn more easily. You don’t get the same benefit from supplements, but we don’t yet know why.
Calcium is best absorbed when you receive vitamin D at the same time.
Dairy: No wonder eating at least three servings of dairy a day is shown to help women shed more weight than they would without dairy. There are typically 742 mg per cup. Cheese and yogurt are also good sources.
Other sources: In addition, add these calcium sources to your daily diet:
Almonds 231 mg per 3 ounces
Collard greens 358 mg per cup for cooked greens
Corn tortillas w/lime 230 mg per 4 ounces
Orange juice 350 mg per 8 oz of calcium fortified OJ
Salmon, canned 255 mg per four ounce serving
Sardines 443 mg per 4 ounce serving
Sesame seeds 332 mg per ounce
Spinach 245 mg per cup when cooked
Total cereal 667 mg of calcium in a half cup
The USDA (United States Dept of Agriculture) runs a national nutritional data base. The calcium content by food is located at USDA Calcium Database.
Avoid soy: Calcium (and other important minerals) absorption is also inhibited by consuming soy products (with the exception of soy sauce) so if you have gastric problems and eat soy, you are in trouble!
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