We often confuse dairy with calcium, we assume they are the same thing, and think that dairy is the best thing for healthy and strong bones. Dairy contains calcium, but so do dark-leafy greens. Milk is fortified with vitamin D, just like all milk alternatives. Additionally, bone health goes beyond calcium and vitamin D. Vitamin K is important for bone health, dark leafy green vegetables have it, while dairy does not. Magnesium , whic is present in foods like almonds, cashews, oatmeal, and potatoes, but missing in dairy products, also plays an important role in bone health.
It is easy to associate milk with bone health because of the tv ads we saw about milk products. I would say that the marketing team really did some spectacular job when it boils down to convincing.
If you’re looking for good sources of calcium and Vitamin D, consider collard greens, mustard greens, kale, and bok choy instead of just chugging down milk.
Ultimately, if you’re concerned about bone health, you should make sure to get enough calcium in your diet, and while milk and cheese are good sources of it, they’re by no means the only sources. It’s important-and can be just as healthy-to branch out and make sure you’re eating dark leafy greens instead of just chugging down milk.