Getting Enough Calcium


It's no secret that calcium builds strong bones and teeth, and helps keep them strong throughout your life with the help of vitamin D. How much is enough calcium in your diet and how can you get it?

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Many people are not getting enough calcium from the foods they eat. For example, 60% of women fall short of the daily recommended amount of calcium in their diet1. Yoplait is a delicious way to help get your calcium!

Children aged 2-5 years fair better, with about 30% not consuming the recommended daily amount of calcium from foods1. However, roughly 60% of kids aged 6-12 years are not getting enough from their diet1.

How Much Calcium is Enough?

The Daily Value on the food label is 1000 mg. So, if the label indicates that a food contains 20% DV it has 200 mg. All Yoplait yogurts provide at least 100mg of calcium per serving.In fact, our Yoplait Original yogurt has 500 mg calcium per serving and our Yoplait Light yogurt has 200mg per serving.

How Much Calcium is Enough?

(Source: Institute of Medicine. Calcium Dietary Reference intakes, National Academy of Sciences, 2010)

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How Do I Get Enough Calcium in my diet?

Milk and milk products are considered the best food sources of calcium. These foods also have additional nutrients that can help calcium be better absorbed by the body. According to the USDA/DHHS Dietary Guidelines, individuals should include at least 3 servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy in their diets daily.

Here are a few strategies for adding extra calcium to your diet:

  • Substitute yogurt for mayonnaise or sour cream in salad dressings
  • Stir in non-fat dry milk powder to soups, hot cereal, cocoa or orange juice
  • Blend yogurt and fruit pieces to make a thick frothy shake
  • Sprinkle lowfat shredded cheese over casseroles, potatoes or vegetables
  • Top baked potatoes with yogurt and chives
  • Whip plain yogurt and shredded cheese into mashed potatoes
  • Create a creamy, lowfat pasta sauce using Yoplait® Greek Yogurt

Calcium Content of Selected Foods

Food Amount Calcium (mg)
Dairy Products Dairy Products

Milk 1 cup 300
Yogurt, Yoplait® Light 6 ounces 200
Yogurt, Yoplait® Original 6 ounces 500
Cheese, semi-soft and hard 1 ounce 150-225
Pudding, cooked 1/2 cup 150
Frozen yogurt, nonfat 1/2 cup 100-110
Ice cream 1/2 cup 70-100
Cottage cheese, low fat 1% 1/2 cup 70-100
Vegetables and Fruits Fruits and Vegetables

Orange juice, calcium fortified 1 cup 300-350
Rhubarb (cooked with sugar) 1/2 cup 175
Turnip greens, cooked 1/2 cup 125
Spinach, cooked 1/2 cup 120
Broccoli, cooked 1/2 cup 30
Orange 1 medium 50
Grains Grains & Other Foods

Rice, white, long grain, parboiled,
enriched, prepared
1/2 cup 15
Whole Wheat Total® cereal, without milk 3/4 cup 1000
Molasses, blackstrap 1 Tbsp 170
Oatmeal, fortified, instant 1 packet 140
Almonds 1 oz. 75

Source: USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, 2010. Accessed at http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Data, Hyattsville, MD:U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.[2007-2008]

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