You turn your nose up at tofu
If you’re a meat lover, tofu probably never comes close to your mouth—but it might be time to rethink that. Not only is this Asian staple packed with protein, it contains more than 40 percent of your daily value of calcium. If you don’t (or can’t) eat a lot of dairy (say, if you’re lactose intolerant), tofu is a great way to up your calcium intake. Here are some more foods that are rich in calcium (and also happen to be natural fat burners).
You broke a bone in a seemingly minor accident
If you break your wrist after only a minor fall, it could be a sign that low calcium intake has made your bones brittle. You reach peak bone mass by age 30—after that, your bones slowly lose calcium and you can’t replenish it. “It’s important to have enough calcium in the blood so that your body uses that store of the mineral instead of triggering your bones to release it,” says Shira Sussi, MS, RD, CDN, a dietitian at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. “Eating more calcium or taking a supplement can help.” Bone fractures are especially common in post-menopausal women. Here are some simple things you can do every day to boost your bone strength.
You only eat fresh fish
Canned fish has one thing most fresh fish doesn’t: edible bones. “One thing I always say is that people don’t eat enough canned fish like sardines or salmon,” says Sussi. You’ll be eating bones, but they’re so small and soft that you can get all their calcium goodness without choking. Oysters, often found in a can or jar, are another good source of calcium. Here are some more great sources of calcium for people who don’t like dairy.