In addition to the development of strong teeth and bone, calcium plays an important role in maintaining healthy function of muscles, blood and nerves.
Did you know?
Each serve* of Kid Essentials® contains 42% of the recommended daily intake of calcium required for children aged 1 to 3 and 30% of calcium required for children aged 4-8 years.
The latest survey looking at nutritional intake trends in Australia found that over half of the Australian population aged 2 years and over did not consume enough calcium1.
Why calcium is important?
- Build strong teeth and bones
- Maintain healthy muscle and nerve function
- Necessary for normal blood clotting
- Assist with food digestion
Calcium is found in a variety of foods
- Milk and milk products – such as yoghurt and cheese
- Leafy green vegetables – such as silverbeet – however, some green leafy vegetables (such as spinach) contain oxalates which impairs the absorption of calcium from these sources
- Soy products and tofu – look for those with added calcium
- Fish - sardines and salmon (with bones)
- Nuts and seeds – brazil nuts, almonds and sesame seed paste (tahini)
- Calcium-fortified foods – including breakfast cereals, fruit juices and bread
Without vitamin D, only 10-15% of the calcium we eat can be used 2. Read more about vitamin D here.
* A serving of Kid Essentials® is measured as 55g plus 210ml of water
- National Health and Medical Research Council. 2014. Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand, Calcium. Accessed on 26.11.19 from www.nrv.gov.au/nutrients/calcium
- Holick, M.F (2007) The New England Journal of Medicine; 377: 266-81
KID ESSENTIALS® is a food for special medical purposes and is specifically formulated for medical conditions where nutritional needs cannot be met through diet modification alone. Must be used under the supervision of a healthcare professional.