Non-Dairy Calcium: Are you Calcium Fortified?


Still concerned? The food manufacturers are listening…they have been stocking the grocery store shelves with calcium-fortified versions of all your old favorites. So much so that doctors are now waiving the red flag for calcium toxicity!

If you choose to reach for calcium-fortified foods, stick to the healthier options. An 8 oz glass of calcium-fortified orange juice or milk substitute (soy, almond, rice, etc.) can supply you with the equivalent 300 mg of calcium found in an 8 oz glass of skim milk. As an added bonus, orange juice is fortified with calcium citrate, the most usable source of calcium. That’s right, research has shown that calcium fortified orange juice is actually a BETTER source of calcium than milk! Use caution if choosing ready made hot and cold breakfast cereals as a calcium source. These are not a good option for the gluten-sensitive, and may be too high in sugar and calcium. Total cereal fortifies each serving with 1000mg of calcium, which many doctors consider excessive.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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