IUBio Biosequences .. Software .. Molbio soft .. Network News .. FTP

osteoporosis etc

Mary Jane Nather natherm at ucs.orst.edu
Mon Feb 27 21:09:50 EST 1995

A better way to increase calcium intake without increasing the fat that's 
dangerous to your heart is to add a few teaspoons of powdered, non-fat 
milk (like Carnation brand) to your skim milk.  It also eliminates that 
"watery" taste some complain about.  I have never heard that you *need* 
fat in your milk in order to efficiently absorb the vitamin D needed to 
build bone.


On 16 Feb 1995, Beth Shuster wrote:

> On Feb 16, Kristine wrote:
> >As far as I know, ostoeporosis can be prevented by consuming vast amounts of
> >milk in puberty. Obviously, this is no help for somebody who suffers from
> >ostoeporosis already, but it seems to me that many young women do not know
> >what risk they are exposing themselves to by not drinking milk or only
> >skimmed milk for dietary reasons. As much as I am aware of, the problem with
> >skimmed milk is that it *does* contain calcium, but not the fatsoluble
> >vitamin (cannot remember whether it is A or D) that is required for an
> >efficient absorption of the calcium. It seems there is a good reason that fat
> >is present in milk in the first place. 
>   Another important time for women to carefully monitor calcium intake is
> during pregnancy and subsequent lactation.  Your child will obtain the
> calcium s/he needs one way or another, and it's far more beneficial for you
> to increase your intake than to have your reserves depleted (there's an old
> wive's tale that claims that a woman could once expect to lose a
> tooth/pregnancy...).
>   I must admit that I consumed vast quantities of non-fat milk, once I got used
> to drinking the stuff.  Hopefully it (and all of the cheese and broccoli
> that I ate) did some good.
> Beth
> Beth Shuster                        
> Univ. of California, Davis
> eoshuster at ucdavis.edu

More information about the Womenbio mailing list

Send comments to us at biosci-help [At] net.bio.net