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How do I find the Calcium content of a Labeled food?

Skim Milk Label

Use the Percent Daily value listed on the Nutrition Facts panel of a food label to find the milligrams of calcium per serving. See the highlighted portion of the sample label for skim milk.

To find the milligrams of calcium in a standard serving of a food, drop the % sign from the Percent Daily Value for calcium and add a zero.

  • For example: 30% Daily Value = 300mg. This is the amount of calcium in an 8 fl oz serving of skim milk. (Note: this only works with calcium)

A rich good food source of calcium contributes at least 100 mg of calcium in a standard serving. Reduced fat milk, calcium fortified orange juice, canned salmon and Blackstrap molasses are examples of foods that are goodsources of calcium and relatively low in calories.

Source: Calcium and Calorie Content of Selected Foods, Stanford, V., Houtkooper, L.

 

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