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12 Things You Need to Know Before Going Vegan

12 Things You Need to Know Before Going Vegan

Health
The NIH recommends that adults between the ages of 19 and 50 get a minimum of 1,000 mg of calcium a day, but preliminary research shows vegans may be able to get away with less than that. A European Journal study found that when vegans consumed at least 525 mg per day of calcium, their risk of bone fracture was no different than that of non-vegetarians with similar calcium intakes. The key is eating a variety of naturally calcium-rich foods such as kale, bok choy, almonds, soy beans, figs, and navel oranges as well as calcium-fortified foods such as cereals, plant-based milks, and tofu made with calcium sulfate, advises Henderson. Bonus: soy, leafy greens, and most fortified foods are also high in vitamin D, which helps your bod...
Want to know how prepared you are for retirement? There’s a score for that

Want to know how prepared you are for retirement? There’s a score for that

Finance
You know you need to put money away for retirement. But how much do you really need to save?It's a question that confounds many individuals. And not knowing can contribute to one big fear: that they will run out of money in their later years.ATABOY | Getty ImagesA new tool aims to help you understand just how close you are to meeting your goals.A score called RISE — Retirement Income Security Evaluation — evaluates just where you fall in terms of having steady income in retirement, much like a credit score, on a zero to 850 scale.The tool is provided by the Alliance for Lifetime Income, a nonprofit backed by the financial services industry. It was developed by Milliman, a provider of actuarial products and services.Consumers can access the tool online. After inputting factors such as the S