The best calcium gummies in the world?
June 11, 2014 10:58 AM Subscribe
My lactose intolerance has worsened in the past year and so I've gone from eating yogurt/ice cream/cheese a few times a week to more like 1-2 times a month. Dairy and calcium intake has always been bad (i.e. low), but I have a new resolve to fix the problem... please help me find the perfect supplement or strategy!
posted by serelliya to Food & Drink (25 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'm lactose-intolerant and prefer to eat a naturally dalry-free diet, minimizing lactase pills and dairy substitutes (I cook Asian style so I've been lucky to be able to eat most of the same things I always did). But it's obvious to me that I need to supplement my calcium intake, because it was an issue before my dietary restriction and is even more of a problem now.
Approaches I've already tried and failed:
1) Drinking milk. I have a lifelong aversion to the taste and consistency of milk. I refused to drink it as soon as I was old enough to argue about food, and Lactaid milk isn't any more appealing. Nor do I enjoy eating or drinking creamy foods. So adding milk to my diet is out.
I do have a fondness for fancy cheeses (uncooked) and yogurt. I have tried goat's and sheep's milk yogurt, and while they upset my stomach less than normal yogurt, I can't eat them every day without feeling sick.
2) Calcium supplement pills. Problem: they're huge, even cut in half, so half the time the pill gets painfully stuck in my throat and I can't keep up the habit of taking them.
I do have Vitamin D pills that are very small in size and I could take those daily, but will it do any good if I'm getting little calcium?
3) Calcium chocolate chews. Had an unpleasant aftertaste that turned me off.
4) Calcium gummy supplements. I can only seem to find one brand, designed as gummy bears for kids. I LOVE gummy multivitamins and would happily eat those like candy, but the ones I've seen contain <10% RDV calcium. The calcium-only kind are a markedly different consistency and some of the flavors are pretty bad. I suppose I could buy a bottle and throw out half of it, only eating the flavors that are okay, but that seems like a waste. I'm also hoping that there are more options out there in this realm, something closer to the taste and consistency of regular multivitamin gummies...
I think #4 is probably my best hope, although maybe there's a lactaid-milk Greek yogurt product that I don't know about. I'm also open to any other ideas!