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What is the calcium content of fruit and vegetables, specifically those with very low calcium?


Q. Can you provide me a list of foods that have very low calcium?


A. Fruits and vegetables are chock-full of vitamins and minerals including calcium – an essential nutrient for many body functions.  Fortified orange juice is an excellent source of calcium while spinach, collard greens, soy beans (e.g. edamame), turnip greens, and cow peas are good sources of calcium based on the Daily Value (DV) percentage per serving.  There is some evidence that the calcium in spinach is not absorbed because of the presence of oxalic acid, but this effect is not significant in collard and turnip greens or kale. Calcium is measured in milligrams per serving and varies across fruits and vegetables.  


Check out our fruit and vegetable nutrition database for key nutrients in individual fruits and vegetables. 


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