I hate milk, can I take a calcium supplement instead?

Medically Reviewed by Checkmark Medically Reviewed By: Sravanthi Sunkaraneni

Not exactly. Milk is often considered a wholesome food because it contains many minerals and vitamins besides calcium. A study has shown that milk contains sodium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, chlorine, etc. A calcium supplement can only replace calcium but not the other nutrients present in milk. Therefore, calcium supplements cannot completely replace milk. However, if a person does not like milk, an alternative way to gain the nutrients contained in milk is by consuming milk products like yoghurt and cheese along with other nutritious food.  

For those who are lactose intolerant or allergic to milk, other sources of calcium which are also nutrient rich can be consumed such as green leafy vegetables, seeds, nuts and soy products. In this case, calcium supplements can be consumed if calcium from these other sources does not meet daily recommendations. But the mineral and vitamin deficits can recur when supplements are stopped resulting in osteoporosis or other bone diseases. 

In conclusion, calcium supplements are not a substitute for milk but can be consumed in addition to other sources of calcium and nutrients. You can opt for milk products along with calcium supplements to meet the nutritional requirements. However, only a nutritionist can prescribe you the best substitute for milk.

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