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I love veggies! So delicious and healthy and beneficial. I can't stress how important it is to be taking advantage of foods with isothyiocyanates in them! We should be eating anything natural that can help prevent certain diseases and disabilities. I came across this article over at the Dietary Supplement Information Bureau ( ), I think it would be a good companion to this post (covers the same topic!)

Posted by eleanor on April 25, 2008 1:56 PM

I recently was diagnosed with lactose intolerance and am now trying to rethink my diet to eliminate most of the foods i was eating with dairy or milk-based proteins in them. Any suggestions on alternatives to cheese, butter, sour cream, and cream cheese? do they make soy products for these and if so, are they any good?

Posted by Samantha on January 2, 2009 8:26 PM

Your vegetable, sea vegetable, and sesame calcium figures are false and very far from true.

Sesame seeds and seaweeds bear calcium quantities by far greater than those of all other foodstuffs, including dairy.

In 100 grams of sesame seeds (whole, not water-free substance), the calcium content is 1,160 milligrams.

Wakame (seaweed) and hiziki (seaweed) supply more even than sesame — hiziki, 1,400 milligrams per 100 grams, and wakame, 1,300 milligrams per 100 grams.

Milk does not supply calcium much do as seaweeds, sesame seeds, onion, garlic, turnip root, turnip greens, radish, romaine lettuce, cabbage (green or red, and napa cabbage and bok choy), broccoli (and Chinese broccolis), dandelion green, collard greens, Swiss chard (and red chard), parsley, leek, celery, watercress (and other cresses), frisee, and kale.

Sesame seeds and seaweeds bear 10 times the calcium of milk. Parsley, kale, collard green, turnip green, garlic, dandelion green, and watercress bear more than twice milk's calcium. Cabbage, chard, celery, and broccoli provide more than milk does — some nearly twice as much.

Florette brand (French) is a very good brie-type goat-milk cheese, its fat & protein structure not unhealthfull. But 100 g of Florette will yield 615 mg calcium, compared to hiziki 1400mg per 100g, wakame 1300mg per 100g, sesame 1160mg per 100g.

Watercress contains 270mg calcium per 100g & parsley 203mg calcium per 100g, while whole cow-milk bears just 118mg per 100g.

My figures come from publications of the USDA, Dr. Ragnar Berg, Dr. Henry Sherman, Dr. J. Koenig, Dr. E. Wolff, Prof. E.P. Forbes.

Are you subsidized by the dairy industry?

You owe the public a substantial correction.

Posted by Dr. Leonard R. Jaffee on October 31, 2009 4:01 PM

A little known but quckly becoming popular way to add calcium to your diet is using either moringa powder or supplements.

Posted by WorldMoringa on September 23, 2012 1:10 PM

Like the other greens, bok choy is a good source of calcium. It's not hard to get your calcium if you're eating healthily.

Posted by Jim @ Superfood Profiles on November 1, 2012 12:58 PM

2 tablespoons of Chia Seeds provide a solid 20% of your daily calcium needs. Just sprinkle and stir into 8 oz. of water and you've killed two birds with one stone. Not to mention all the other benefits of Chia Seeds.

Posted by Brittany on January 15, 2013 9:09 AM

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