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Jewish World Review
Nov. 14, 2007
/ 4 Kislev 5768
You need calcium to build strong bones. But do you have to drink milk to get it? Here's a true-false quiz from the Harvard School of Public Health to find out how much you know about dietary calcium.
1. Calcium, a mineral found in dairy products, is used by the body to build bones and teeth.
2. Nearly all the calcium in the human body is stored in bones and teeth.
3. If the body doesn't get enough calcium from food, it will pull it from bones, which can weaken them.
4. After age 30, you do not need as much calcium as you do when younger.
5. Besides dairy products, calcium is found in dark green, leafy vegetables, beans and legumes.
6. Getting enough calcium in the diet is important in reducing the risk of osteoporosis.
7. The most healthful or safest amount of dietary calcium has not been established.
8. Some studies show that consumption of calcium and dairy products may lower the risk of high blood pressure and colon cancer.
9. Protein is a good source of calcium.
1) True; 2) True; 3) True; 4) False; 5) True; 6) True; 7) True; 8) True; 9) False
Source: Harvard School of Public Health
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