A question I was asked today by a friend is, “how can my child get enough calcium from a Paleo diet. I am not fond of milk however Calcium is important. My Dr recommended 3 glasses of milk for my boy, though I only give him one as I notice he does not digest milk well”.
Well I found this article from Balance Bites that explains it pretty well.
In summary, Paleo got 90% of the Daily recommendation vs USDA 126% BUT WAIT….that is not the full story. Here is the main paragraph I found to be interesting. Quoted from the website.
“even at 90% of the RDA, the amount of calcium that’ll be absorbed by the child’s body is likely going to be much higher since the cofactors for calcium absorption are higher across the board in the PD day. Vitamin and mineral cofactors required for calcium absorption include Vitamin D (56% in Paleo vs 12% in USDA) and Magnesium (103% in Paleo vs 87% in USDA). So, by allowing a child to eat a diet that is not only fairly high in calcium from non-dairy sources but also providing balanced nutrition to allow for the absorption of calcium, it’s clear that the need for dairy in the diet as a calcium source is overstated and inaccurate”.
It is interesting to note that on the Paleo Diet you are eating significantly more fat however the weight gain factor is less than the USAD. I can vouched for this as I believe I’ve lost 1kg after only 10 days. Considering I am constantly eating and having bacon for breakfast, it’s not bad.