They’re putting vitamins in our cereals, calcium in our orange juice and omega-3 fatty acids in eggs. These new products are coming to a store near you. Are they right for you?
By Diane Spivak
First published in Chatelaine’s March 2003 issue.
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Milk is the best available source of calcium because it contains vitamin D and magnesium, which help the body absorb calcium. Recently, however, manufacturers have created alternatives: calcium-fortified orange juice, soy milk and rice drinks.
Are they worth it?
Calcium-fortified orange juice will match the calcium in milk, with the bonus of vitamin C, but it lacks protein and vitamin D. Fortified soy beverages can help lower cholesterol.
Are they for you?
Calcium-fortified beverages are a healthy addition to your diet. But unless you’re allergic to milk, don’t give it up completely: it’s your best source of calcium. If you do rely solely on calcium-fortified orange juice, Toronto registered dietitian Sue Mah recommends taking a vitamin D supplement, 15 minutes of sunlight daily and foods that contain vitamin D such as salmon or non-hydrogenated margarine.