Adding vitamin D to milk could go a long way in reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer, a new report carried out by British researchers reveals.
Researchers from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) observed more than 14,000 pregnant women in the country during the 1990s and found that a majority of them were deficient in vitamin D.
One of the major reasons was poor or erratic sunshine in colder countries, increasing the risk of lower bone density among the population. High levels of vitamin D are vital to prevent a number of diseases including multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease.
Dr Ann Prentice of SACN said that time has come to address the problem adding "It is widely recognized within Government circles that we have a problem now that needs to be addressed. Milk is one of the potential vehicles that could be used."