I kind of hoped nobody would start in with the "nobody evolved to eat dairy" line, because by that logic we shouldn't be eating grains either, and most people don't want to go there. I could also say what we *have* evolved to eat, but I would hate for anyone to lose their appetite, considering we have evolved from insectivores and scavengers. Let's just leave that line of thinking alone, OK? Thanks.
I was going to say there are a few other calcium sources left out and they might be really good too because of where the calcium comes from; I don't have labels in front of me so I can't say for sure.
The first and easiest one is canned fish. Not tuna, because bones aren't included (although it may have some calcium anyway), but the smaller fish like anchovies that are in the little flat cans. Those fish are small enough to eat whole, including the bones. It sounds gross to some (including me), but if you can get over your disgust long enough to try it, it's worthwhile. Especially if you can't drink or eat most of what's on the list in the article because it would send your blood sugar skyrocketing and you want nothing to do with soymilk (which has to have the calcium added anyway).
They aren't canned, but around here we can get tiny dried fish from a Japanese grocery store, and my little girl loves to snack on them. I have no idea why, but I am not going to discourage her because there's a lot more good stuff in them than just the bones.
The other possibility is bone broth. This might actually be more appetizing to more people, it just takes longer to do. I won't take up a lot of space leaving instructions here, but a simple Google search will lead you to recipes and instructions. You're literally boiling all the good stuff out of the bones and cartilage of whatever meat animals you already eat, and turning it into a soup base. This stuff is WAY better for you than the bouillon and fake broth stuff you buy pre-made in the grocery store. It's also more economical. Vegetarians can't do this, but someone with an MSG allergy might appreciate it.
- 7/30/2009 11:36:23 PM