Dairy-free diets advising over hazard to bone health – BBC News

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Diets which cut out dairy food could be a “ticking time bomb” for young people’s bone health, a charity is warning.

A National Osteoporosis Society survey received a fifth of under 25 s are cutting out or reducing dairy in their diet.

It said it was concerned many young adults were putting their health at risk by following feeing fads.

Eliminating milk products entirely can be harmful unless the missed nutrients are replaced, says the society.

The charity surveyed 2,000 adults, including 239 for the purposes of the age of 25 and 339 aged 25 -3 5.

Almost 70% of those aged 18 -3 5 year olds were currently or had previously been dieting.

One in five 18 -2 5-year-olds said they had cut out or significantly reduced dairy in their diet.

Why dairy-free?

Milk and dairy food, such as cheese and yoghurt, are important sources of calcium for strong bones.

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It’s not known why the young people were avoiding dairy.

The charity’s survey suggests that many young people seek dietary advice from bloggers and vloggers on the internet.

Although some of this advice can be good, it’s concerned some people become too restrictive about what they feed.

A recent Food Standards Agency survey found that nearly half of 16 to 24 year olds said they had an intolerance to cow’s milk and dairy products, compared to just 8% of over 75 s.

Yet only 24% had actually had their condition diagnosed by a doctor.

What foods are rich in calcium?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cheeses, yoghurt and milk are the main source of calcium in our diets

Dairy products are the main source of calcium – for example, milk, cheese and yoghurt Cow’s milk is the best source, but soya and almond milk may also contain calcium if they are fortified Skimmed and semi-skimmed milk contain more calcium than full fat cow’s milk Vegetables, nuts, seeds, boney fish and white flour products also contain calcium Choose low-fat cheese and yoghurt to cut down on fat intake, although crisp and biscuits contain much more fat

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