[Ed. Note: We have two HUGE sections with articles about Dairy, Osteoporosis and Calcium. Please read for the truth...something you do not get from the dairy industry who cares only for profit, not about your health or the well-being of the animals they torture.]
By Robert Cohen, NotMilk.com, July 2011
The Florida orange industry employs 76,000 people who harvest citrus on 560,000 acres of orange groves. This is no Mickey Mouse operation! Yesterday (7/13/11), USDA reported that the most recent harvest of 2011 was 4 percent greater than the previous year's crop.
Human breast milk is undoubtedly nature's perfect food for an infant. A 100-gram (3.5 ounce) portion of human breast milk contains 33 milligrams of calcium. Please keep the number "33" in mind while reading this column.
The same 100-gram portion of Florida oranges contains 43 milligrams of calcium, thirty percent more bone building calcium than human breast milk! Everybody should enjoy a daily orange.
Enjoy a handful of dried apricots (67 mg of calcium) or a snack of raisins (62 mg) or become a pistachio nut (161 mg) addict like I am.
In my kitchen, parsley (203 mg) is used more than just to garnish dinners. Parsley is minced into salads, cole slaw, soups, and stocks. Speaking of cole slaw...raw cabbage (49 mg) contains more calcium than human breast milk too. I add shredded carrots (37 mg) to my cole slaw recipe.
My favorite calcium-rich food is hummus, made with chickpeas (150 mg of calcium) and tahini, or ground sesame seeds (1160 mg of calcium).
Don't be fooled by dairy industry marketing. Milk producers pretend to own the monopoly on calcium. It is clear that they do not.