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You don't need dairy for bone health
About the author: 
Bryan Hubbard

Young people on 'fad' dairy-free diets are being urged to introduce milk and cheese back into their lives because their calcium levels could become perilously low—but they're not being told that the mineral is also in green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds.

The UK's National Osteoporosis Society surveyed 2,000 adults and discovered that one in five of those aged between 18 and 25 had cut out dairy from their diets, usually because they were following some 'fad' diet. As a result, they could be putting their bone health at risk, and may end up with osteoporosis in older age, the society has warned.

But dairy isn't necessary for achieving bone health, says Viva, the animal rights group; instead, weight-bearing exercises—such as walking, climbing stairs and dancing—is the best way, followed by a diet that includes plenty of dark green leafy vegetables, such as broccoli, kale, spring greens, cabbage and pak choi—although, strangely, not spinach—dried fruits, nuts, seeds, and pulses.

Vitamin D, the 'sunshine vitamin', also plays a role, and helps us absorb calcium better.

"Young people are not stupid; they are perfectly capable of making informed decisions based on the facts. Muddying the water with misleading headlines and scare stories is doing them a disservice," said Viva's Veronika Powell.


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(Source: Viva press release, April 12, 2017)

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