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New Calcium Knowledge for Cheeseheads

"Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance."
- Confucius

On January 29, 2014, Mother Jones magazine shocked the dairy industry and know-nothing pediatricians with this headline:

"Milk Doesn't Do a Body So Good After All"

Writer Kevin Drum reported a study that had been published in the journal Science:

"Researchers followed people for 22 years to see if drinking milk as a teenager affected the rate of hip fractures during the study period. What did they find? turns out that each additional glass of milk per day as teenagers was associated with a 9% HIGHER risk of hip fractures in men later in life. Drinking more milk had no effect in women."

In our 21st century world, calcium knowledge is directly proportional to the sum of hundreds of millions of dairy dollars invested each year on school posters, magazine and television advertising, and brochures sent to medical doctors by milk marketing geniuses. The true face of common dairy knowledge is little more than a lie.

One of the great mechanisms of mammalian life is the ability of the mother to nourish her young with secretions from her own mammary glands. In this manner, food, immunological protection, and thousands of other benefits and yet-to-be discovered blessings are delivered to infants of each species.

Each formula for every one of the 4,700 (plus or minus) mammals is different. Human breast milk contains the perfect amount of calcium for the growing baby. Not too much, and not too little. Just the right amount.

A 100-gram portion of human breast milk (3.5 ounces) contains 33 milligrams of calcium. Human adults need calcium too, but human adults should not be drinking human breast milk. Let's compare the amounts of calcium contained in adult foods to the level of calcium in human breast milk:

Calcium content of foods (per 100-gram portion) (100 grams is equal to about 3.5 ounces)

01. Human Breast Milk 33 mg
02. Almonds 234 mg
03. Amaranth 267 mg
04. Apricots (dried) 67 mg
05. Artichokes 51 mg
06. Beans (can: pinto, black) 135 mg
07. Beet greens (cooked) 99 mg
08. Blackeye peas 55 mg
09. Bran 70 mg
10. Broccoli (raw) 48 mg
11. Brussel Sprouts 36 mg
12. Buckwheat 114 mg
13. Cabbage (raw) 49 mg
14. Carrot (raw) 37 mg
15. Cashew nuts 38 mg
16. Cauliflower (cooked) 42 mg
17. Swiss Chard (raw) 88 mg
18. Chickpeas (garbanzos) 150 mg
19. Collards (raw leaves) 250 mg
20. Cress (raw) 81 mg
21. Dandelion greens 187 mg
22. Endive 81 mg
23. Escarole 81 mg
24. Figs (dried) 126 mg
25. Filberts (Hazelnuts) 209 mg
26. Kale (raw leaves) 249 mg
27. Kale (cooked leaves) 187 mg
28. Leeks 52 mg
29. Lettuce (lt. green) 35 mg
30. Lettuce (dark green) 68 mg
31. Molasses (dark-213 cal.) 684 mg
32. Mustard Green (raw) 183 mg
33. Mustard Green (cooked) 138 mg
34. Okra (raw or cooked) 92 mg
35. Olives 61 mg
36. Orange (Florida) 43 mg
37. Parsley 203 mg
38. Peanuts (roasted & salted) 74 mg
39. Peas (boiled) 56 mg
40. Pistachio nuts 131 mg
41. Potato Chips 40 mg
42. Raisins 62 mg
43. Rhubarb (cooked) 78 mg
44. Sauerkraut 36 mg
45. Sesame Seeds 1160 mg
46. Squash (Butternut 40 mg
47. Soybeans 60 mg
48. Sugar (Brown) 85 mg
49. Tofu 128 mg
50. Spinach (raw) 93 mg
51. Sunflower seeds 120 mg
52. Sweet Potatoes (baked) 40 mg
53. Turnips (cooked) 35 mg
54. Turnip Greens (raw) 246 mg
55. Turnip Greens (boiled) 184 mg
56. Water Cress 151 mg

Now that you have knowledge of calcium facts, can it be any clearer to you that there are quite a number of non-dairy food options containing calcium?

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"And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul."
- Plato

Robert Cohen

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