Myth 4: Healthy bones require lots of dairy

Tonight, I temporarily stop listening to news regarding flooding. It’s too depressing and it’s making me stressed.  I know not when the water will come and at what level.  Whatever happens, happens.  Let it be.  Let’s instead talk about a lighter topic today and continue on with the fourth myth.  The myth that in order to get calcium and have strong bones, you have to consume a lot of dairy products.

This is a common myth.  When we think about having strong healthy bones, we immediately think of dairy.  We think of milk, cheese, and yogurt (high in calcium and vitamin D), but forget other sources of vitamins such as dark leafy greens.  Vitamin K and Magnesium are also important for healthy bones according to nuitritionist Andy Bellati.

Vitamin K can be found in dark leafy greens  such as collard greens, mustard greens, kale, and bok choy, while Magnesium can be found in almonds, cashews, oatmeal and potatoes.  It’s wonderful.  Now I have another reason to eat more potatoes.  (They are really quite healthy for you and not only full of starch as commonly believed.)

What does this myth tell you?  Have more green vegetables, eat a diversity of food for you need more than just calcium or Vitamin D to keep your bones healthy!  Yes, Popeye was right to eat so much spinach. Dark leafy greens.