Is There Enough Calcium in Broccoli?

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
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Q: You mentioned in a recent podcast that broccoli is a good source of calcium, but I’ve heard that broccoli contains a chemical that inhibits the absorption of calcium. Is this true?

A: I believe you’re thinking of oxalates, natural compounds that bind to calcium and inhibit its absorption in the digestive tract. Spinach is high in oxalates, for example, So, even though spinach contains a fair amount of calcium, little of it can be absorbed. Broccoli, on the other hand, does not contain a significant amount of oxalates so the calcium in broccoli is well absorbed. If you missed my show on diet for healthy bones, you'll find it here.

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About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.