This new Shaklak Aklak episode is all about the mineral that makes our bones strong, calcium! 31% of Egyptian children suffer from a calcium deficiency, which has irreversible consequences on their growth and development.While bone health is the most commonly known function of calcium, it is worth mentioning that it is also needed for the functioning of our nervous system and blood clotting.
It is no secret that dairy is a very rich source of calcium. 2-3 servings of milk, cheese or yogurt per day is enough for you to meet your body’s calcium needs. Check out the best and worst cheese for you to make sure you are not eating too many calories and saturated fat along with your calcium!
If you choose not to eat dairy, you can still get enough calcium from other food sources such as broccoli, almonds, sardines, white beans, spinach, oranges, and tahini. As long as you are eating a varied diet with 5 servings of fruit and vegetables per day, you should definitely be meeting your calcium requirements. You can also explore non-dairy milk alternatives such as almond milk, coconut milk, or rice milk. Check out our breakdown of non-dairy milks here. Vitamin D is the nutrient that most significantly affects calcium absorption, and conveniently they both work together for optimal bone health. Overloading on iron can also have a negative impact on calcium absorption.
Stay tuned for more Shaklak Aklak episodes where important nutritional information such as servings sizes, differences between fats, and nutritional values are discussed. Find out more information via the Shaklak Aklak website, Facebook page, Instagram page, and YouTube.