Besides Milk, What Should My Teen Eat for Healthy Bones?

by Roberta Duyff, MS RDN FAND American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, 4th ed. (New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2012).

Besides Milk, What Should My Teen Eat for Healthy Bones?

Like milk, yogurt, cheese and pudding are all calcium-rich, bone-building foods. In addition, calcium-fortified soy beverage and tofu, as well as calcium-fortified juice and dark green vegetables, provide calcium, too. Regular weight-bearing activities such as dancing, soccer, running, weight lifting, tennis and volleyball are important since they trigger bone tissue to form. Going easy on soft drinks if they edge out calcium-rich milk is smart advice. Smoking also may have a negative effect on bone formation; teens who smoke are smart to kick the habit for many reasons!

Reviewed June 2013

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About the author:

Roberta L Duyff MS RDN FAND

Roberta Duyff, MS RDN FAND

Author of "Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, Fourth Edition" and "365 Days of Healthy Eating from the American Dietetic Association" (both published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New Jersey).




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