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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Calcium in chilren's foods




There are many adverts for foods aimed at children which are fortified with calcium for strong teeth and bones. Things like yoghurts, fromage frais and children's cheeses.

Now, forgive me if I'm wrong, but surely weak bones in children are not really a problem in this country? Or are there large numbers of children who have brittle or weak bones, and are prone to fractures?

I thought allergies, asthma, eczema, obesity and behavioural problems were more prevalent. Many of these children's yoghurts and cheeses are highly processed and contain sugar and artificial additives, all of which can contribute to the these problems.

As westerners we eat more calcium and dairy products than any other population, and calcium is a-plenty. Many of our health problems are due to imbalances of other minerals, like magnesium and zinc.

As a famous nutritionist once told me, if it's advertised on television, don't eat it!





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