TNC 018: Healthy Bone Growth in Kids

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At a time when rates of osteoporosis are climbing and the consumption of calcium and vitamin D are suboptimal, the question of bone growth in children is a natural one.
How do we ensure children are developing healthy bones during childhood?
How do we prevent osteoporosis and set kids up for a future of strong, healthy bones?
In this episode, I dig into these questions and more in my interview with Dr. Taylor Wallace.

What You Will Learn about Bone Growth:

  • How healthy bones are formed during childhood
  • What peak bone mass is
  • How to maximize peak bone mass
  • Why rates of osteoporosis are increasing in America
  • Actionable steps to help encourage healthy bone growth in your child
  • The role of calcium, vitamin D and other nutrients in bone growth
  • Effective food patterns and their role in bone growth and development

What We Cover:

  • Bone growth for boys and girls
  • The role of protein in bone health
  • Why peak bone mass is so important for bone growth and bone health
  • When peak bone mass is achieved
  • The shocking statistics of osteoporosis and what that means for you and your child
  • Best foods for bone nutrients
  • The role of calcium, and in particular, dairy foods versus plant foods
  • The controversy around calcium recommendations

Links Mentioned in the Show:

Dr. Taylor Wallace’s website
The National Osteoporosis Foundation’s position statement
on peak bone mass development and lifestyle factors: a systematic review and implementation recommendations by Weaver et al. 2016
The National Osteoporosis Foundation’s website
Dr. Taylor Wallace on Facebook
Dr. Taylor Wallace on Twitter
The Calcium Handbook: Over 100 Ways to Grow Healthy Bones
Pumpkin Bread recipe
Family Mealtime Rules to Live By (FREE DOWNLOAD)

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  1. Hi Jill! I really enjoyed this podcast. I had one question. You and Dr. Wallace discussed how calcium from dairy sources is much better absorbed than calcium from plant sources. I was wondering if you know how well people absorb calcium from bone sources like anchovies and canned salmon. My daughter eats some dairy, but doesn’t drink milk, and I’ve been putting anchovies in everything savory I make (like meatballs) to try to up her calcium intake. Of course these are still healthy for other reasons, but I’d like to know if I can count on them as calcium sources or if I need to work harder to get more dairy into my daughter’s diet.
    Thanks so much for your show!

  2. Hi Amy,
    Thanks for asking that question–it’s a good one and I’ve never thought about it before! I assume yes, but did some digging and found that in young men who were tested with calcium from fish by-product absorbed it well. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2916003/
    That being said, I would still work on getting in dairy if you can–baked goods, smoothies, cream soups, dark green veggies, etc.
    Glad you like the show! Did the e-book help?