Boosting calcium intake without the dairy

Aussies moving away from dairy may be lacking in essential nutrients, new research from Simplot Australia’s John West has revealed.

According to the research, nearly one in five adults have either decreased their consumption of dairy, or removed it entirely from their diets, in recent years. And while the “majority” would like to boost their calcium intake, 44% say they don’t know how to do so without adding more dairy into their diet.

John West Nutritionist Carena Gee says calcium is a crucially important nutrient essential for maintaining strong bones and teeth, as well as nerve and muscle function.

“If you’re not getting enough calcium over a long period, this can contribute to a higher risk of osteopenia (weakened bones), which can lead to osteoporosis,” she says.

“It’s essential that those who have reduced or excluded dairy from their diets are taking action to ensure they get the calcium they need from other sources.”

While two in three (64%) surveyed adults would still consider upping their dairy intake to boost their calcium levels, 76% would prefer to look to non-dairy foods with natural sources of calcium, such as dark leafy greens and vegetables, nuts, and canned fish containing soft or crushed bones.

John West says its new John West Protein+ Calcium Rich Tuna is a great option for those looking to boost their calcium intake.

“The product incorporates UniQTMBONE, a calcium-rich bone powder. UniQTMBONE is produced from tuna bones, has no detectable flavour and naturally delivers a range of nutrients for bone health,” says the brand.

“John West is the first brand to incorporate this innovative product in its Protein+ Calcium Rich Tuna range.”

John West Protein+ Calcium Rich Tuna is available at Coles and independent supermarkets.

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