A recent study of more than 11,000 Australians has revealed that nearly 31 per cent of the population is Vitamin D deficient.
A recent health directive has outlined the need to add more Vitamin D to Australian and New Zealand foods, due to falling levels of this vital
vitamin during winter.
Nearly 30% of Australian and New Zealand foods have reduced levels of Vitamin D. Sun is a vital source of Vitamin D, and exposure to sunlight helps absorb this vitamin through the skin. Vitamin D helps in distribution of calcium throughout the body which can prevent falls and fractures among the elderly.
It is not a good idea to increase exposure to the sun, considering the risk of skin cancer, especially in Australia, but it is certainly worthwhile to boost Vitamin D levels in foods.