Dairy & Calcium:
The Truth About Diet and Bone Health
By Stephen Walsh
January 17, 2002, the US National Dairy Council sponsored a CALCIUM
SUMMIT to address what it describes as a CALCIUM CRISIS.
nutritionists, government officials and educators gathered to develop
an action plan to address the subject of calcium deficiency, which
they see as a critical health concern for the upcoming generation.
of the US National Dairy Council said:
consensus that Americans are not getting enough calcium in their
diet, and that's because of the deficiency of milk and dairy products
in their diet.
The summit reinforces
two fundamental errors in public policy with regard to promoting
healthy bones: the undue pre-eminence accorded to calcium and the
erroneous view that calcium is synonymous with dairy products.
Calcium is a
very good thing, but increasing calcium intake from 500 mg per day
to 1500 mg per day by taking supplements will add less than 90 mg
per day to the calcium retained by most adults, and less than 50
mg per day for the 10 per cent with the lowest calcium absorption,
who are at particular risk of osteoporosis.