What is calcium and why does the human body need it?
Calcium is a mineral that helps build strong bones and teeth, regulates muscle contraction (including the heartbeat) and makes sure the blood is clotting normally. Milk and dairy products are the main sources of calcium in most people’s diets but other sources include bread, some fish and leafy vegetables.
How much calcium does bread contain?
Brown bread contains 45mg per medium slice, white bread provides 49mg per medium slice and a medium slice of wholemeal bread contains 13mg. Some ty[es of bread have added calcium to increase levels even more.
How much calcium does the human body need?
The EU Recommended Daily Amount (RDA) of calcium is 700mg. On average, bread provides about 18% of our daily calcium intake.
I’m vegan. How can I ensure I get enough calcium in my diet?
You don’t need to eat dairy products to get calcium in your diet. Bread is a source of calcium which can easily be incorporated into your diet on a daily basis. Many soya based dairy replacements are now enriched with calcium. Leafy vegetables such as spinach and broccoli also contain calcium, as well as some nuts.