Fact or Myth?
Dairies are the only way to have healthy bones
Many people tend to confuse dairy with calcium and in fact think that dairies are the best products to consume in order to have healthy bones. This was a concept that was kept true for many years but that simply does not hold up nowadays.
Dairy products do contain calcium, but dark-leafy greens are a way better source of calcium. The wellbeing of bones goes beyond calcium, and that is where dairy products fall behind; vitamin D, vitamin K and Magnesium are very important to the strength and durability of bones, and milk does not contain either of them. As a matter of fact milk that has been fortified will only get one of these, being vitamin D.
Even Harvard University showed concern about this misconception and recently announced that “milk isn’t the only, or even the best, source of calcium” and experts suggest eating a balanced diet containing dark-leafy greens rather than relying on eating pounds of cheese. Some of the best sources of vitamin D and calcium are kale, mustard greens and bok choy.
The truth is that dairies, although delicious, are not the only way of obtaining the nutrients to maintain healthy bones. It should come as a relief to those who are lactose intolerant to know that by eating enough of those dark-leafy greens and other meals they will be able to have bones as strong, or even stronger than those of us who enjoy a warm glass of milk before going to bed.