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  • Day 20: Calcium Check
  • Daily Nugget: Yale University researchers found that osteoporosis is most common in the countries where people consume the most meat, milk and other animal foods.

    Time to check in on the calcium again–and remind yourself that there’s no need to reach for mucus-inducing moo moo milk.

    Do the relentless ad campaigns have you convinced that foregoing milk will leave you nutrient-deprived and sickly? Well, the ads are doing their job. And spreading all kinds of misinformation. So many other foods and drinks contain calcium and don’t come with the same risks as dairy sources. Scientists have been researching–and noting–the links between cancer and dairy milk for decades, especially the link between dairy and prostate cancer. But these scientists don’t have the same advertising budgets as the dairy industry.

    Today’s challenge: if you’ve only tried soy milk, try a rice, coconut or nut milk or a different variety. Some people find soy milk more difficult to digest. Take note of how you feel after each one.

    Some fortified non-dairy milks have even more calcium than dairy milk. Just be sure to shake the carton before you pour, as the calcium tends to settle at the bottom.