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Vegans and Calcium
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Some believe that vegans (those who choose to eliminate all animal products from their diet) get lower than the recommended levels of calcium. A German study of about 150 vegans found that, on average, they consumed 810 milligrams of calcium daily.

Various U.S. governmental agencies have recommended 800 to 1,500 milligrams a day. The World Health Organization, however, recommends only 500 milligrams. Calcium deficiency has never been documented anywhere in the world, even with calcium intakes of as little as 300 milligrams a day.

Foods that offer naturally occurring high calcium levels include collard greens, turnips greens, kale, bok choy, soybeans, okra, and broccoli. Other nondairy sources are soy yogurt, tofu, almonds, as well as calcium-fortified orange juice, soymilk, and cereals.

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