Calcium is the most common mineral in the body, found primarily in the bones and teeth. It’s not important how much calcium a person ingests, but rather how much a person retains. Animal protein (e.g., meat and dairy) leaches calcium from the bones (as does excessive salt)—contributing to osteoporosis— by acidifying the blood and causing the calcium to leach out and neutralize it, whereas less-concentrated plant-based proteins (e.g., tofu, soymilk, dark green vegetables) do not have this negative effect. Osteoporosis can be prevented or reversed. People who eat little or no meat and dairy and instead eat calcium-packed vegetables, fruits, and grains—as in much of Asia and Africa—have very low rates of osteoporosis, while populations that consume large quantities of calcium-rich dairy, as well as meat, have much higher rates of this bone-weakening disease. Countries where people consume the most dairy have the highest rates of osteoporosis. - Eco-Eating (db)
Calcium is the most common mineral in the body, found primarily in the bones and teeth. It’s not important how much calcium a person ingests, but rather how much a person retains. Animal protein (e.g., meat and dairy) leaches calcium from the bones (as does excessive salt)—contributing to osteoporosis— by acidifying the blood and causing the calcium to leach out and neutralize it, whereas less-concentrated plant-based proteins (e.g., tofu, soymilk, dark green vegetables) do not have this negative effect. Osteoporosis can be prevented or reversed. People who eat little or no meat and dairy and instead eat calcium-packed vegetables, fruits, and grains—as in much of Asia and Africa—have very low rates of osteoporosis, while populations that consume large quantities of calcium-rich dairy, as well as meat, have much higher rates of this bone-weakening disease. Countries where people consume the most dairy have the highest rates of osteoporosis. - Eco-Eating (db)
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