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How does the calcium in soy milk compare to that in cow's milk?

Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics

Many soy beverages are fortified with calcium carbonate to increase the calcium. Check the nutrition facts label for at least 30% (300 milligrams) calcium to be equivalent to 1 cup of cow’s milk. The amount of calcium varies between brands from 80-500 milligrams calcium/1 cup serving) so you really need to check the label. Soy milk fortified with calcium can be a great alternative for those with lactose intolerance.

Rose Reisman
Nutrition & Dietetics
Soy milk in the carton has the added calcium that settles to the bottom, meaning that you might be losing between 25% and 79% of the bone-rich mineral. Just remember to shake, shake, shake that container each time to distribute the calcium. No need to worry about regular milk, where the calcium is evenly distributed.

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