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Posted by: Tersia | 2008/05/22

Calcium

i once heard that sesame seeds can be taken daily in the place of milk for your daily calcium intake and that one spoon full is enough for your daily intake of calcium, is this true.

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Dear Tersia
I have checked the calcium content of sesame seeds in the SA Food Tables and it is 131 mg/100g. Now 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds probably weighs about 5 g, thus by eating 1 t you would only ingest 6,6 mg of calcium and the daily requirement for adult women is at least 1000 mg of calcium a day. Sesame seeds would, therefore, not be able to provide you with your daily calcium requirement even if you were able to eat a whole 100 g of the seeds.
Rather use low-fat milk, yoghurt and cottage cheese to ensure that you obtain 1000 mg a day.
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