Calcium: A Vegan Nutrition Primer

Many people—vegan or not—fall short of meeting calcium needs. Intakes vary widely among vegans just as they do for omnivores (1). Older research suggested that people eating plant-based diets might have lower calcium needs. Back in the 1990s, research suggested that animal protein pulled calcium out of bones, raising requirements for those who ate lots of meat, milk and eggs. At one time, we thought that this explained the lower rates of hip fractures in countries with lower animal protein intakes. While some vegan nutrition websites and books still promote this idea, it hasn’t held up to scientific scrutiny very … Continue reading Calcium: A Vegan Nutrition Primer