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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is low fat or full fat dairy best for calcium?

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  • Kaye Haslam

    Dietitian, Nutritionist

    As a private practice Dietitian/Nutritionist with over 30 years experience I have a special interest in weight management & related health issues such as Diabetes, … View Profile

    Calcium levels really don't vary very much between the different types of milk. Calcium is a component of the part of the milk that remains, when the fat content is altered.  So skim, low fat or calcium fortified soy milk all provide much the same amount of calcium. There are milks available enriched with extra calcium & Vitamin D which may be useful for those at particular risk.

  • Peta Adams

    Dietitian

    I am an Accredited Practising Dietitian locally born and working within the Riverina.I have a passion for helping people to achieve their nutrition goals, coaching … View Profile

    With respect to the calcium content of milks full fat, reduced fat or skim there is not a large variation between them as Kaye has mentioned, however there is a slight difference.

    Full fat milk contains 107mg Calcium/100mL, reduced fat 109mg and skim has 121mg.

    If you are wanting to choose a milk with greater impact on calcium levels as Kaye eluded to calcium fortified milks contain approximately 156mg calcium/100g.

  • Melissa Adamski

    Dietitian, Nutritionist

    I am an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and Accredited Nutritionist (AN) with a passion for food and good nutrition. I also have my own private … View Profile

    Great answers by Peta and Kaye- also remember if you are looking at yogurt products that sometimes different brands can vary in calcium content- there are some low fat yogurts that have higher calcium content than other low fat yogurts.

    Always look at the calcium content per 100g on the yogurt labels

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