List of Foods That Are Calcium Free

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Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body and has a vital role in building and maintaining a healthy skeleton. Calcium has also been linked to potentially reducing hypertension and maintaining a healthy body weight. Calcium is a vital component to proper growth and development. The AI (Average Intake), determined by the National Acedemies of Sciences for children ages 9 to 18, it is 1300 mg per day; for adults ages 19 to 50, it is 1000 mg per day and for seniors ages 51 and over, it is 1200 mg per day.

Calcium Free Fats and Oil

Most foods contain calcium. However, fats and oils are the exception to that rule, though not all are calcium free. Fats and oils that are calcium free include: beef and chicken fat, vegetable shortening, saffola margarine, canola oil, corn oil, olive oil, peanut oil, safflower oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil, regular ranch dressing, and imitation low calorie mayonnaise.

Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are a good source of calcium. The only fruits and vegetables that are completely calcium free are dried cranberries and artichokes hearts packed in water or marinated. Fruits and vegetables that contain less than 10 mg of calcium per serving include: oranges, grapes, sweet cherries, apples, bananas, blueberries, peaches, plantains, plums, pomegranates, bean sprouts, capers, corn, dandelion greens, romaine lettuce, mushrooms and tomatillas.

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Meats, Nuts and Seeds

All meats, nuts and seeds contain calcium with few exceptions. The foods with the lowest amounts of calcium include: octopus (4 oz., 7 mg), salmon (4 oz., 8 mg), raw swordfish (4 oz., 5 mg), bluefin tuna (4 oz., 9 mg), dried and cured beef (1 oz., 1 mg), bottom round lean beef roast (4 oz., 6 mg), lean round eye roast (4 oz., 7 mg), pork bacon (3 pieces, 2 mg), raw shredded coconut (1/2 cup, 6 mg) and cashew butter (1 Tbsp., 7 mg).

Grain Products

Grain products are also rare to find without a significant amount of calcium. The grain products with little or no calcium include: cooked millet (1 cup, 7 mg), cooked Spanish rice (1 cup, 0 mg), cooked sticky rice (1 cup, 3 mg), cooked wild rice (1 cup, 5 mg), cornmeal (1 cup, 7 mg), corn grits ( 1 cup, 7 mg), puffed rice (1 cup, 1 mg) and popcorn (1 cup, 1 mg). 

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