Calcium is the foundation on which strong bones and teeth are built, so over time a diet low in calcium can increase your risk of developing brittle bone disease (osteoporosis).
Calcium expert Dr Michael Zemel has shown that a calcium rich diet can lead to weight loss over time. An analysis of the diet of 32 obese adults found those consuming 3 daily portions of dairy products lost 10.9% of their body weights. Those on calcium supplements or with little dairy products lost only 8.1% and 6.4% of their body weight respectively.
Childhood and early years
A good supply of calcium is needed during childhood and teen years in order to build strong bones and help protect against osteoporosis in later life. Milk is a great source of calcium.
A glass of milk contains the same amount of calcium as twelve portions of spinach or red kidney beans or more than four servings of broccoli.
- Dentists say that milk is one of the drinks that are safe for teeth between meals/
- Milk is one of the most nutritionally complete foods and helps tackle inequalities in diet and health
Did you know?
- A 189ml carton of whole milk (3.5% fat) or semi-skimmed milk (1.7% fat) contains less far than snacks such as a packet of crisps or a chocolate bar.
- A daily glass of semi-skimmed milk provides a six-year-old with all the vitamin B12, half of the calcium, phosphorus and vitamin B2, one third of the protein, potassium, idone and around a tenth of vitamin A, Vitamin B1, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, magnesium and zinc he or she needs.
- Milk is a particularly valuable food for children whose requirements for vitamins and minerals are high in relation to their energy needs.