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Do You Need Vitamin D?

Posted: June 21, 2019

When work schedules and other commitments cut into food prep and cooking time, we tend to grab a quick lunch or dinner, or even skip meals altogether. It makes sense, therefore, for people to supplement with multivitamins to ensure our nutritional needs are met. Vitamin D, in particular, is recommended for strengthening bones and reducing risks of illnesses like Type 2 Diabetes and heart ailments.

However, recent reports have questioned whether Vitamin D supplements have any effect on bone health and improving a person’s diet. A study from Consumer Reports suggests taking daily supplements haven’t necessarily proven a lowered risk of bone fractures or cancer in patients, though one should screen for vitamin deficiency in advanced age to ensure levels of D are not low.

A common cause of Vitamin D deficiency is lack of exposure to sunlight, as the body synthesizes it when out in the sun. If spending time outdoors is an issue, certain foods rich in Vitamin D can help compensate:

Salmon: Salmon contains anywhere from 360 to 685 IU of Vitamin D per serving (3.5 oz.), depending on whether it’s wild-caught or farm-raised.

Whole eggs: Where egg white is rich in protein, the yolk has nutrients like Vitamin D. IU count varies depending on the egg. Free-range chickens who spend more time outside may produce eggs higher in D.

Mushrooms: Mushrooms, especially those that grow in natural sunlight, are a good plant-based source of Vitamin D.

Pantry foods like oatmeal, cereal, and granola may also come fortified with Vitamin D, though it’s important to read labels to watch for unnecessary sugars.

As for how much of these foods you should eat, or what else is best for your weight loss and management plans, Bon Secours can help. Our physicians and staff can help determine which programs will work for improving your quality of life. If you have questions about weight loss, weight management and nutrition counseling, contact us today.

Source: KOMO, Healthline

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