Just like the “protein myth”, a vegan diet is also associated with other nutritive deficiencies such as …Calcium. Yes, we all know how great calcium is for the bones and the teeth. But is the popular belief that dairy is the top source of calcium backed by any facts?

The current daily recommended intake of calcium for most adults is 1,000 to 1,200 milligrams. Calcium is a nutrient that gets excreted from the body and hence one needs a regular supply of calcium, even when the bones have stopped growing. A diet high in animal protein has a high excretion rate, which means you are forced to consume more calcium to make up for the inherent calcium excretion. When following a plant based diet calcium excretion rates are much lower, which indirectly means that a plant-based eater’s calcium intake should also be much lower.

That’s reason number one for why dairy is not the ultimate source of calcium. Infact in countries that show high milk consumption rates, cases of osteoporosis are higher or seen to be on the rise, as compared to countries which are more inclined towards plant based diets.

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Reason number two: Like iron, magnesium, and copper, calcium is a mineral. It is found in the soil, where it is absorbed into the roots of plants. Animals get their calcium by consuming calcium-rich plants. So even though we are all conditioned to believe that calcium comes from milk and dairy products, the real source of calcium are actually plants!

We have Roshni Sanghvi  in the video to explain the nitty-grities of calcium deficiency and the vegan diet. Roshni is a vegan strength and conditioning female coach in Bangalore and an internationally-certified fitness expert. She offers diet and fitness coaching on her website. She turned vegan seeing her father battle through obesity. The realization that she needs to take her health seriously made her turn towards a vegan diet. She has been eating clean ever since and it has worked wonders for her. Way to debunk a myth, Roshni!

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