Calcium: Shopping list

Many Americans don't get enough calcium. Your body needs calcium to build strong bones and help prevent osteoporosis (bone loss).

The best way to get enough calcium is to eat more dairy products. Foods with added calcium and vitamin D can also help — and so can certain vegetables.

Take the list below with you the next time you go food shopping.

Dairy Products

Look for fat-free or low-fat dairy products.


You can also get calcium from vegetables like:

If you buy canned vegetables, watch out for sodium. Read the Nutrition Facts label and choose the option with the least sodium.

If you buy frozen vegetables, check the Nutrition Facts label and choose ones without butter or cream sauces.

Foods with Added Calcium

Check the Nutrition Facts label to look for foods that have 10% or more DV of calcium added, like:

Foods with Vitamin D

Also be sure to look for foods with Vitamin D. Vitamin D helps your body absorb (take in) calcium.
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