Welcome to the European Breakfast Buffet. Calcium rich foods are featured in cheeses and yogurts. At least 3 choices of cheeses on a rotation from day to day. Yogurt comes plain, with dollops of fruit compote, and prepackaged Yoplait and competitors. Milk is skim, whole, almond, walnut.
Cheeses are featured again at the luncheon buffet. Capri salad of sliced Mozzarella, tomato, and garnish is a popular alternative to other salads with Feta or Goat Cheese. Further north Gouda, Emmentaller, Cheddar, Jarlesberg step forward.
After dinner, after dessert, the cheese plate, often with port or a dry red wine, finishes the meal. Many Europeans consume 1000, 1200 or even 1500 mg calcium daily in foods. This they have done for centuries.
Smoked Salmon is a constant at breakfast. The best source of Vitamin D3 other than Cod Liver Oil. Cod is the dominant fish in the Portuguese diet, along with Sardines, eaten whole, often bones and all, high in Calcium and D3.
Cured meats, sausages, and eggs are good sources of protein at every breakfast buffet. Hearty whole grain breads are available, but are losing ground to chocolate filled puff pastries.
Traditional diets have persisted because they work. They fulfill the nutritional needs of the peoples who have eaten them for generations.
Make sure your diet meets your nutritional needs for good bone health. Calcium, Vitamin D3, Protein, and Vitamins & Minerals. Take Control Naturally with proper nutrition.
Jay Ginther, MD