Calcium-Fortified Orange Juice

 

Sometimes things that seem obvious to me, may not be to everyone…. this is one of those cases! ¬†Thank you to my friend for pointing this out to me – and I hope I can reach some other parents out there too!

I have two children, one loves milk (we drink skim) and one doesn’t care for the taste of milk, except for with cereal or dessert! ;)

But with calcium being an important mineral in growing children, how do I ensure my non-milk drinker is getting the necessary amount of calcium?

An easy fix.  For my non-milk drinker we start most mornings with a glass of

calcium-fortified orange juice!

They both average about 300mg of calcium per serving (1 cup).

 

Calcium: How much do kids need?
Age Recommended daily intake
1-3 years 500 milligrams (mg)
4-8 years 800 mg
9-18 years 1,300 mg

Source: Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium, National Academy of Sciences, 1997

There are other foods that provide calcium to our diet…

but this is just a quick easy change for some!

Click here to see our post on Calcium.

 

 

2 Comments

  • By Lydia, July 18, 2012 @ 1:32 am

    Sorry, but as a dietitian, I find this promotion disgraceful. You are supporting the food industry to tamper with wholesome foods. Why would you give your child such a processed food? Do you know how bioavailable the calcium actually is? Try almonds, cheese, yoghurt, surely you can come up with a more natural alternative to this rubbish juice!

  • By admin, July 20, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

    I’m sorry you feel that way. Fortified orange juice is just another option for my child who doesn’t like milk, but does eat spinach, cheese, nuts and yogurt. You are correct that the absorption of all the calcium, or for that matter, any food you eat isn’t 100%. In a well balanced diet for an active child, a small amount of over the counter orange juice is within the realm of acceptable. It is a great option for kids who don’t like or cannot tolerate dairy foods or who are picky eaters.

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