Long touted as a bone builder, more recently calcium has been shown to help control hunger and reduce body fat, and linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, healthy blood pressure levels, and fewer PMS symptoms. While dairy is the most well-known source (and perhaps the best, since some research shows dairy sources of calcium may be more effective at burning fat), there are amazingly high levels of this crucial mineral in many plants, nuts, and fortified sources. Are you getting enough calcium? Make sure you know these signs of a calcium deficiency.
It takes a creative cook to figure out how to get more rhubarb into your diet, but it’s worth it. One cup of cooked rhubarb has 348 milligrams of calcium, making it one of nature’s top plant sources of the mineral. (Women under age 50 and men under age 70 should aim for 1,000 milligrams of calcium daily; women 50 and older and men 70 and older should strive for 1,200.) Only the stalks of a rhubarb plant are edible and they are quite tart, which is why rhubarb is primarily paired with sweet fruits in breads, cakes, pies, and ice cream.