COMMENTARY

Rethinking Calcium: Bone Health or Heartache?

Sandra A. Fryhofer, MD

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October 25, 2010

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Calcium Content of Foods: My Favorite Lists

When talking to patients about dietary calcium, it helps to have a calcium food content list. My favorite patient-friendly list of the calcium content of selected foods is in the patient education section of the UCSF Medical Center Website.[8] It separates the calcium content of foods into the categories dairy, vegetables, fruits, legumes, grains, nuts and seeds, fish, and other (blackstrap molasses). A list on the Harvard University Health Services Website is also handy: It is only 2 pages long and includes calorie contents.[9] The most comprehensive list of the calcium content of foods can be found on the US Department of Agriculture's Website, but at 25 pages, it is too long to download and hand out to patients.[10]

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