Sunday, October 9, 2011

Checking calcium nutrient

How do we actually look for the right calcium product? From their cover which state "High Calcium" or from advertisement? Let me give you a tip on how to check via food label on calcium nutrients. For normal people 18 to 50 years old, the calcium that we need according to Recommended Nutrients Index show 800 to 1000 mg per day. In addition, teenagers and pregnant women will need extra another 200 mg per day for bone build up and maintenance. Thus, usually a packet of 250 ml full cream milk or 4 tbsp milk powder might provide 185 Kcal and also provide 275 mg calcium which roughly equivalent to 27.5% of your calcium intake in a day. By taking 2 packet or 8 tbsp milk in day already achieve >50 % of your calcium requirement daily which is around 55%. However, for certain milk product which claims to provide high calcium might provide you 400 to 500 mg calcium in a packet of milk. Thus, taking 2 packets will supply you almost 100% calcium intake that you need. Folks, know your own calcium need and be a smart consumer.


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