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Health Quiz: Which Food Boosts Your Bones?

September 30, 2009
Question: Which food boosts your bones?

A) Nuts
B) Milk
C) Onions
D)Whole Wheat Bread

Answer: ALL OF THEM!

Foods such as milk that contain calcium and vitamin D aren’t the only ones that strengthen your skeleton. New research shows that two other compounds, inulin (found in onions and wheat, as well as in asparagus, artichokes, and bananas) and phytate (in nuts and whole grains), are also key. Inulin boosts calcium absorption, and phytate prevents bone mineral destruction. Spanish researchers found that people who ate phytate less than 3 times a week had the lowest bone mineral densities, a risk factor for osteoporosis.

Bottom line: A diverse diet with lots of veggies and whole grains is crucial for healthy bones too.
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