Healthy Bones and Plant-Driven Diets

by: Matthew Kadey, MS, RD

Nutrition

These foods will help you keep a veggie-focused approach without weakening your skeleton.

Healthy Bones and Plant-Driven Diets These foods will help you keep a veggie-focused approach without weakening your skeleton. By Matthew Kadey, MS, RD Many people embracing a more plant-based diet worry they’re setting themselves up for nutritional shortfalls that will weaken their bones. Where will they get their calcium—the best-known nutrient for bone health—if they’re avoiding dairy? And what about other bone builders like high-quality protein and vitamin B12, which are readily available in meat?Vegetarians and vegans, who focus their eating efforts mainly on plants, still have to build and maintain strong bones to stave off conditions like osteoporosis. After all, nothing slows down a healthy, active lifestyle more than a stress fracture or a broken hip. Fortunately, there’s good news for kale and lentil lovers everywhere. Eating mostly foods grown in soil need not weaken our skeletons.

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About the Author

Matthew Kadey,  MS, RD

Matthew Kadey, MS, RD IDEA Author/Presenter

Matthew Kadey, MS, RD, is a James Beard Award-winning journalist, Canada-based dietitian, freelance nutrition writer and recipe developer. He has written for dozens of magazines including Runner’s World, Men’s Health, Shape, Vegetarian Times and Fitness.