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Sunday, April 22, 2012
"Alternative Milk" Depriving you of Calcium
When you're lactose-intolerant (as 25 million American men are), you miss out on cheesecake, brie and--if you depend on milk substitutes--calcium. Creighton University researchers recently analyzed fortified beverages and discovered that soy and rice milks fall short of their calcium claims. Eighty-five percent of the calcium used for fortification was stuck to the bottom of the cartons, and it took the vigor of a paint mixer to loosen it. Robert Heaney, M.D. is the study author. Plan A: Drink Lactaid milk, naturally calcium-rich dairy milk treated to break down its lactose. Plan B: "Try calcium-fortified orange juice, we found that juices were actually a good source of calcium." Just shake it first to distribute the calcium evenly.