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I don't like to drink milk. What other foods can I eat to get the calcium I need?

Dairy products are rich sources of calcium. If you don't like milk, how about yogurt, cheese or pudding? Calcium-fortified orange juice is another delicious alternative; each glass has about as much calcium as a glass of milk. Canned fish with edible bones, such as sardines and salmon, also contribute a healthy dose of calcium. If milk gives you gas and makes you feel bloated, you may have "lactose intolerance." In other words, your body can't digest the sugar--lactose--in milk. This condition is very common. Try hard cheeses and yogurt--they have less lactose than milk. Or, you can use "lact-aid"--an enzyme tablet that helps your body digest the lactose. Ask your doctor to refer you to a registered dietitian for more personalized help with your diet.

Melinda Hemmelgarn, M.S., R.D., Former Nutritional Sciences Specialist, University of Missouri-Columbia

 

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