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Ways to Get the Calcium You Need - #NoMoreMomGuilt


This post on ways to get the calcium you need with calcium fortified baked goods, has been sponsored by Kitchen PLAY.


I live in a household of 6 where 3 of the members are lactose intolerant, or have some intolerance to dairy - my husband, Mikael and Madison. As a mother and a wife, I want my family to be as healthy as they can and we all know that calcium is needed for strong bones and teeth. Buying alternative dairy products can get expensive and I'm always looking for new ways to get their calcium intake up, without always having to resort to supplements. That's why I was pleasantly surprised to see that most of the baked goods that we currently use in our home are already calcium fortified. So it seems that I didn't have much to worry about after all. There goes that mom guilt right out of the window!


You know us moms can get really hard on ourselves when we feel like we're not doing the best for our family. In my case, I thought that I wasn't giving my family enough of the calcium they needed, especially for those who were lactose intolerant. However, did you know that calcium-fortified baked goods are right there in front of you at the grocery store, hiding in plain sight, and you don't even know it? For example - Sara Lee Soft & Smooth White made with Whole Grain Bread delivers an excellent level of calcium—25% daily value—in just two slices. Just read the labeling. What's amazing about it all is that you don't even taste the difference. There's no "calcium taste" so that my picky eater can say, "ewww, it doesn't taste good". There is no after taste, it tastes just like what it's supposed to taste like, which makes it perfect for ALL your picky eaters.

Now, according to the FDA, a product with 10% of the daily value of calcium per serving is considered to be a “good source of calcium", while one with 20% is considered to be an "excellent source of calcium". However, any product that delivers the same amount of calcium as an 8oz glass of milk is said to deliver a "glass-of-milk level" of calcium.


We aren't big fans of fast food, but we all love Subway for their amazing sandwiches and fresh veggies. It's actually one of the ways that I can get Madison to eat her veggies without her even realizing that she's eating them. However, Madison also gets a glass-of-milk level of calcium in her 6" sandwich bread without her even realizing it. So not only is she getting a great sandwich but she's also getting a meal that I feel good about.

So, how can you tell which baked goods are calcium fortified? It's really simple... just read the labeling. There are lots of bread, flatbread, muffins, buns, rolls, etc., which are calcium fortified for you and your family. So, if you're like me and have someone in your household with lactose intolerance, or maybe even a picky eater, just check the labeling and pick up some calcium-fortified baked goods products.

Annmarie John
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  1. I had no idea half of your family had some intolerance to dairy. That can be tough. I buy fortified baked goods and I feel pretty great about it! Des has no dairy problems but he has never really liked milk. He likes cheese and yogurt and ICE CREAM, but sometimes you just need more.

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  2. Good to know information for someone intolerant to daily products. This should be useful to many..

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  3. Good to know they can get their calcium without triggering the intolerance! Must be tough, but at least there are options available!

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  4. Good to know they can get their calcium without triggering the intolerance! Must be tough, but at least there are options available!

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  5. Colgate has calcium. Do we get calcium if we swallow toothpaste?

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  6. I badly needed to read this article! I'm a nursing mom and I need lots of calcium in my system.

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  7. hey thanks for the info regarding pourcentage recommended by the FDA. This is actually good info for us as a vegan family

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  8. We love Subway. Their bread is so good. There is one right next to our condo in NH, so we get it a lot when we are up there.

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  9. I been quite lucky brought up in the farming industry here in the UK. I have drank lots of milk every day since I was a child and continued this into adulthood. Never broke a bone :)

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  10. This is truly good to know and will admit that I know idea that some baked goods indeed had calcium in them. But I will definitely be looking at labels more for this now. Thanks for sharing, my friend!! :)

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  11. I'm going to have to keep your tips in mind on getting calcium I need. We love Subway and I'm glad to know that the kids are getting calcium in their subs.

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  12. This is amazing way to get calcium with taste. After reading this, I got to know that one can actually enjoy eating healthy food. I agree with your Subway reference, we enjoy their food even without realising that we're consuming healthy food.

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  13. Subway is by far my favorite 'fast food'. I eat it at least once a week!

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  14. This is something that I'm always trying to make sure my kids are getting because it's so important especially at those stages when they hit those growing spurts which is happening to 2 out of my 4 right now.

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  15. Oh yum, we love Subway, so this is good to know! We eat there often.

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  16. Calcium and Vitamin D are very important for bones and teeth. Osteo/rheumatoid and other types of arthritis are caused due to such deficiencies. Calcium fortified baked goods are awesome

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  17. Subway is my usual go to restaurant when I have to eat on the go. I am always looking for ways to get more calcium into my diet.

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  18. Subway is such a good alternative to fast food. It is always so fresh and healthy! It is great that it is working for you and your family :)!

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  19. I think my hubby has lactose intolerant. He's cutting down dairy intake. Good to know other alternative to get calcium. My family, we love Subway. Their bread are the best.

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  20. As a person who has to watch their calcium and is at risk for low calcium, it's great to see products like this coming to grocery stores.

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  21. That blew my mind, I never realized or never thought about how much calcium there is in the bread that we eat! It's awesome that Subway aids in our calcium in take as well. I've always liked their sandwiches! We usually eat there when we're feeling a little lazy to cook.

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  22. I've been taking calcium supplements and try to eat more foods that are high in calcium. Calcium is great for bones and teeth.

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  23. Calcium is most important for the body. To get healthy bones and fitness one should have adequate amount calcium. Thanks for the ideas.

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  24. It’s tough to have one family member to be lactose intolerant. What’s more if you have more than one? These tips are really helpful.

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  25. I only learned lactose intolerance from a classmate wayback in college, I thought it was only several people. Didn't know it can exist on half of a certain family though. Good thing there are now available products that can cater to the needs of such people.

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  26. I have to admit that when I am graving something and don't know what I usually go to Subway for a sub. My son is lactose intolerant and he finds different ways to get his calcium too. Thanks for sharing the information.

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  27. This is something I definitely need to focus more on. I know I am not getting nearly as much calcium as I need in my diet.

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  28. Being lactose intolerant can be a real challenge. But I see you've got it figured out. Such a helpful,post

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  29. We don't go often, but I love going to Subway and getting a sandwich. I love piling it high with veggies.

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  30. It is hard when there is any kind of dietary restrictions. You have to get more creative with food and stay on top of those vitamins! My daughter is a vegetarian, and even though it was her choice I still am the one making sure she gets everything she needs.

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  31. This is great! I love Subway for that reason too! It's inexpensive and the fresh veggies are yummy!

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  32. I need to let my sister know about this. She had a thyroidectomy recently and now her calcium. magnesium and potassium levels are all out of whack. Aside from supplements, she needs to include food rich in these minerals. She'll be happy to know that there are baked goods that are calcium fortified.

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  33. I hope we have something similar here in the Philippines. This is a very good alternative for individuals who are lactose intolerant.

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  34. I didn't know calcium can also come from baked goods. Great to know.

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  35. What a great post, super useful for those who are lactose intolerant. Calcium is so important for strong bones so it's great that you've found alternatives that work for you! Personally I hate milk even though my parents made me drink it a lot growing up. I much prefer yogurt and cheese for calcium. Thanks for sharing :) xo, sharon

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  36. This is so good to know! We sometimes have a hard time finding calcium when we are on the go so I will now know to go to Subway.

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  37. I really enjoy Subway. There is so many healthy options to select from that mets anyones preferences and dietary needs.

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  38. I love Sunway too because of their fresh bread and leavy veggies. We should always check what we buy. Too much is not good.

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  39. I can relate to this post as a number of us are lactose intolerant in my household too. It's great to be reminded of other ways we can add it to our diet.

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  40. I go to subway often just right by my school and I am glad to know that there is a solution to their lactose intolerant diagnose.

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