Fad diets may risk bone health

April 19, 2006 in Healthy Eating, Nutrition Topics in the News

Fad diets may risk bone health

According to the UK’s National Osteoporosis Society, fad diets are leading women to consume less calcium, and as a result, are putting their bones at risk.

According to a survey conducted by the National Osteoporosis Society, women are consuming less calcium than they did 20 years, due in large part to fad diets. By restricting entire food groups, some women may be cutting out major sources of nutrients, such as calcium from dairy foods.

The Society is urging women to consume calcium rich foods from a variety of sources, including dairy, tofu, green leafy vegetables, bony fish and dried fruit.

The survey issued by the National Osteoporosis Society also found that approximately 80 percent of respondents over the age of 55 were not concerned about osteoporosis, a surprising result given that nearly half of women and one in five men over 50 will break a bone as a result of osteoporosis.

For further information on osteoporosis and the health of Canadians, visit the http://www.osteoporosis.ca/english/home/default.asp?s=1

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