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Calcium Fortified Orange Juice Without Vitamin D

Posted on August 17, 2011 by The VRG Blog Editor

Vegans looking for a source of calcium should know that many brands of frozen concentrate orange juice are calcium-fortified but don’t list vitamin D on the label. This is in contrast to most cartons of ready-to-serve orange juice which contain both calcium and vitamin D. The vitamin D in cartons of orange juice is typically vitamin D3 (derived from sheep’s wool).

Here are some brands of frozen orange juice concentrate that contain calcium, but don’t list vitamin D:
Giant 100% Pure Orange Juice – Frozen Concentrate with Calcium

Minute Maid Frozen Concentrate Orange Juice with Calcium

Stop and Shop Frozen Concentrate Orange Juice with Calcium

ShopRite Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate with Calcium

Old Orchard 100% Juice with Calcium

If you find other brands, please let us know. You may notice that some brands of frozen orange juice contain calcium lactate.This is not a dairy-based ingredient.

Since vitamin D promotes calcium absorption, be sure your diet has vegan sources of vitamin D like fortified plant milks (most use D2) or vitamin D supplements.At least 10 to 15 minutes of summer sun exposure two or three times a week is another way to get the vitamin D that you need. Don’t forget the sunscreen once those 10-15 minutes are up!

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The contents of this posting and our other publications, including Vegetarian Journal, are not intended to provide personal medical advice. Medical advice should be obtained from a qualified health professional. We often depend on product and ingredient information from company statements. It is impossible to be 100% sure about a statement, info can change, people have different views, and mistakes can be made. Please use your best judgement about whether a product is suitable for you. To be sure, do further research or confirmation on your own.

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