Got milk? The answer to that question has probably been true for the majority of your life so far. Who could forget those commercials, cleverly-created to convince you that cow’s milk was the best source of calcium and the only way to have strong, healthy bones?
I bet it would surprise you to find out that people who consume the LEAST amount of animal protein have the LOWEST rates of osteoporosis.
When humans consume animal proteins, which are highly concentrated in cow’s milk, it actually leads to our bodies getting rid of the calcium we already have in our bones! So essentially, milk commercials are pretty much lying when they say that drinking cow’s milk is going to give you strong bones.
The good news is, plant foods are super rich in calcium. In fact, the reason cow’s milk contains so much calcium is because the cows eat plants! That means that it’s totally possible to get all of the calcium we need on a vegan diet – without harming animals and without harming ourselves.
Now we know that we can easily skip the middle man and go straight to the source. So let’s take some notes from our friends on the pasture and graze on some leafy greens.
Vegan sources of calcium:
- leafy greens (collards, kale, dandelion greens, arugula, spinach)
- bok choy
- soy beans
- white beans
Read more about the harmful effects of dairy here.