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October 2000 Issue

Is Getting All Your Calcium at Once a Good Idea or a Total Waste?

Q. Iíve noticed that Total cereal now provides 100% of the Daily Value for calcium. Can I stop worrying about calcium if I eat Total every day? A. No. If youíre like most Americans, youíll still take in far too little of this bone-strengthening mineral. Although the Daily Value (DV) listed on food labels is 1,000 milligrams, the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for calcium is as high as 1,200 milligrams a day, depending on your age. Many experts believe older people

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