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IHA’s Professor Kerrie Sanders responds to Pete Evans comments, confirms the role of dietary calcium

There has been much recent discussion surrounding the benefits and necessity of dietary calcium in light of the unfolding backlash from the celebrity chef Pete Evan’s appearance on Seven’s Sunday Night.

During the interview, the My Kitchen Rules star defended his opinions on dietary calcium and bone health, in particular calcium sourced from dairy products, stating that “calcium from dairy can remove the calcium from your bones” and create or worsen osteoporosis.

Professor Kerrie Sanders, from Australian Catholic University’s Institute of Health and Ageing, has co-published a response to these claims rejecting Mr Evans’ nutritional views on calcium, particularly his opinion of the effect of dairy foods upon bone health.

Professor Kerrie Sanders was recently presented with a President’s Award from the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases, recognising her excellent work in the field of musculoskeletal science.

The article is a joint response from Professor Kerrie Sanders, Professor Emma Duncan, Professor Peter R Ebeling, and Associate Professor Warrick Inder, which clarifies the role of dietary calcium – in particular calcium derived from dairy products – in the maintenance of healthy bones. The article highlights why ensuring adequate dietary calcium intake, maintaining a healthy vitamin D status, participating regularly in weight-bearing and resistance exercise are all important lifestyle measures that can help us optimise our bone health and help prevent osteoporotic fractures.

The article is live on The Conversation to read in full here.

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