Calcium-Rich Diet Plan

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I have been prescribed a Calcium-Rich Diet—can I still receive meals from Meals On Wheels Inc. of Tarrant County? YES!

Meals On Wheels Recommended Meal Plan
Regular Diet with beverage choice of one of the following Skim Milk, Low Fat Milk, or Calcium/Vitamin D Orange Juice

Diet Implications

What is the purpose of a Calcium-Rich diet?
Calcium plays a large role in muscle contraction, nervous system functions, controlling blood clotting, fighting degenerative diseases, and building strong bones and teeth. Adequate amounts of consumed calcium help prevent common diseases such as Rickets and Osteoporosis, which involve a loss of bone mass.

What does the diet consist of?
Calcium is a mineral that can be found in many foods such as milk products, beans, nuts, green vegetables, and fortified cereals. The presence of vitamin D helps in the process of calcium absorption, for instance fortified vitamin D milk.

What are the nutritional recommendations of a diabetic diet?
Consumption of 1,200 milligrams of calcium per day will keep body calcium levels normal. Some sources allow a greater absorption of calcium in the body and you will find these foods to be more efficient for this diet. Most often, calcium is retained from dairy products in the diet. Milk, yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese, ice cream, frozen yogurt are examples of dairy products with an abundance of calcium. Besides dairy products, there are other well-absorbed calcium sources such as: sesame seeds, kale, broccoli, collards, turnip greens, figs, almonds and calcium-fortified cereals are recommended to get the most effectual results.

Absorption of calcium is directly affected by vitamin D intake. Vitamin fortified beverages with both vita- min D and calcium are suggested over other beverage selections.

How can I make my prescribed calcium rich diet work with the Meals On Wheels Regular Diet plan?
The meals that Meals On Wheels provide are a great option for a person on a calcium rich diet. The average daily meal from Meals On Wheels has 500 milligrams of calcium. Each meal must follow many guidelines to ensure provision of healthfully eating.

Aside from my Meals On Wheels food, what other calcium-rich foods can I consume for snacks and my third meal of the day?

Dairy Sources:

  • Milk
  • Yogurt
  • Swiss cheese
  • Mozzarella
  • American cheese
  • Parmeasan cheese
  • Pudding
  • Frozen yogurt

Non-Dairy Sources:

  • Black beans
  • Navy beans
  • Fortified cereal
  • Soybeans
  • Bok Choy
  • Kale
  • Corn tortilla
  • Mustard greens