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Calcium is an essential mineral for human nutrition. It is required for strong bones and powerful teeth. An adequate calcium intake provides them with stability and solidity. It is essential that a lifelong supply of sufficient calcium is provided via nutrition. The mineral provides vital protection against osteoporosis in old age. As well as having an important function in building up bones, calcium also plays an important role in many metabolic processes.
Milk and milk products are the most important sources of calcium. Cheese has the highest calcium content of all milk products and it also provides vitamin D which is essential for strong bones. Young people and adults should consume 1,000 to 1,200mg of calcium every day. It is particularly important that children and young people have a sufficient calcium intake as they are still growing and building up bone mass. A daily calcium intake of 1,200mg is recommended for them. It should not be difficult for cheese lovers to follow these recommendations. By consuming 100g of Edelpilz for example, an adult has already attained around two thirds of the daily necessary calcium intake. The following table provides an overview of the calcium content of various cheese types:

Cheese type Calcium in mg/100g cheese
Parmesan 1,200
Emmental 1,100
Tilsiter 850
Cheddar 840
Appenzeller 800
Edam 800
Tilsiter 750
Raclette 750
Chester 720
Esrom 700
Biarom 700
Bergader Almkäse semi-hard cheese 700
Bianco 680
Bergader Edelpilz 612
Bavaria blu (50% fat i.d.m. ) 600
Bavaria blu (70% fat i.d.m.) 400
Bergader Almkäse soft cheese 400
Bonifaz soft cheese 400
Romadur 400
Münster 370