5 Foods that contain more calcium than milk
Calcium is necessary for the growth and maintenance of strong teeth and bones, nerve signaling, muscle contraction, and secretion of certain hormones and enzymes. A deficiency in calcium can cause numbness in fingers and toes, muscle cramps, convulsions, lethargy, loss of appetite, and abnormal heart rhythms. Conversely, excess calcium (particularly from supplements) can lead to kidney stones, calcification of soft tissues, and increased risk of vascular diseases like stroke and heart attack. Contrary to popular beliefs that dairy products are the best and richest source of calcium, dairy products, milk especially is not the best and richest source of it. More calcium is found in dark leafy greens, than in one glass of cow milk. While there is some evidence that oxalates in greens can hinder calcium absorption, they are still a good source of calcium, and the calculated daily value (DV) already takes into account absorption and bio-availability. This is good news for people who are lactose intolerant, vegans or simply don’t like the taste of milk. But they still need to take calcium. Now this important nutrition can be found in the following foods.
1 Sesame seeds
Surprisingly sesame seeds contain more calcium thank milk. In ¼ cup of sesame seeds, you can get up to 351 mg of calcium, which is far more than what you get in one glass of milk (305 mg). Adding sesame to your salads, on top of your baked buns or even in your smoothies is a great idea to boost your calcium level (in case you don’t want or can’t drink milk daily).