This is not the first time I’ve addressed bone health and I’m pretty certain it won’t be the last. I’m just not sure why my message hasn’t yet changed public policy as it relates to bone health.. Here’s a little secret.
Bone health has virtually nothing to do with calcium. Sure, calcium is a component of bone, but so is silica, molybdenum and phosphorus (among many others). More importantly is the signals that our body sends to add or destroy bone. Our understand has moved from bone merely being an inactive calcium depot to bone being a very active and important player in our risk for diabetes and body composition.
So the recommendations for bone health are not isolated to a single nutrient or single change such as weight bearing exercise. Bone is merely reflective of our overall health. Better health = better bones.
This is exemplified by this particular study. Researchers looked at dietary patterns and how they related to bone health. A clear pattern existed with those with the worst dietary patterns (high consumption of refined cereals, soft drinks, fried potatoes, sausages and processed meat, vegetable oils, beer, and takeaway foods and low consumption of other vegetables, vegetable dishes, tea, coffee, fruit, wholegrain breads, and breakfast cereals) clearly had lower bone density than those with the better habits (high consumption of legumes, seafood, seeds, nuts, wine, rice and rice dishes, other vegetables, and vegetable dishes and low consumption of bacon and ham).
Pretty basic and clear cut. Think on this scary thought. How many teens are sitting on their collective duffs not exercising (bad for bone) eating the poor dietary pattern noted above. This is an absolute recipe for disastrous bone health very early on.