For the past couple of years, I've been fortifying my own homemade almond/ hemp and coconut milks for a few reasons.
1. I don't buy any fortified calcium products, so as a family we need to rely on calcium from our food as our sources.
2. Calcium is available in plenty of plant sources but there are only a few leafy greens that are highly absorbable in calcium such as boy choy, kale, collard and mustard greens, watercress and turnip greens.
3. But in the quantities recommended by nutrition boards across various countries (1,000mg for pregnant women), this would mean we'd have to eat a heck load of greens just to meet my requirements. Propaganda and a few doctors would say this recommendation has been made up by the dairy industry so that dairy would be consumed daily in larger portions. That's up to you to decide what you would like to believe. But, let's just stick to the requirements, for now, to show you what I do with my family's calcium intake .
What I do: I eat large quantities of greens every day (mainly kale). The calcium in kale is highly absorbable. A bonus to eating this many greens is they also contain vitamin K, which is good for bones and teeth. But, on top of this, I fortify my homemade almond milk which helps to meet my daily calcium requirements. 'They' say the average vegan will not meet recommendations without drinking a glass of fortified milk, eating calcium-set tofu or taking a supplement.
Not all calcium supplements are the same. After spending a lot of research on calcium, I decided to go for a whole food sourced calcium called 'Natural Calcium' by the brand Lifestream. It contains not only calcium but other necessary minerals such as Zinc, Magnesium, Copper, Phosphorus, Sulphur, Boron, Iodine, and Selenium. Bonus minerals, yes, please! It is also certified organic, highly bioavailable, 100% vegan, G.E free and gluten-free. It also contains NO hydroxyapatite (crushed cow bone), NO preservatives, NO synthetic additives nor is it made from chalk.
I will be posted my homemade fortified coco-almond milk recipe soon on my blog!