Australians need more calcium

Australians need more calcium

A new statement issued by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has found that the calcium intake of Australians is lacking. 

"The results show that only one in four females and one in two males meet their calcium requirements from food” said Wendy Davis from the ABS.

Calcium is required for strong, healthy bones, with low calcium intake being linked to osteoporosis.

Dairy foods are the richest source of calcium in the Australian diet however there are non-dairy food alternatives. 

“For females aged 12-18 years, or over 50 years, calcium requirements are higher than for other age groups" said Ms Davis "Only about one in ten females in these age groups have adequate calcium intakes".

This latest news highlights the importance of adequate calcium in the diet.

See the Osteoporosis Australia calcium factsheet.