After the recent recommendations by pediatricians to double the dose of Vitamin D (from 200 units to 400 units), I am wondering if parents are making any changes to their kid's diets? We don't go to our pediatrician for another month (when our son turns 2), and I'm curious if doctors are recommending Vitamin D supplements? (The new recommendations include teenagers as well, not just toddlers and young kids).
Vitamin D is found in salmon and tuna, which are both excellent sources, with about 380 units per 3 ounces. Comparably, fortified milk has about 100 units per serving. There are some cheese that are fortified with Vitamin D, and I believe swiss cheese naturally has this vitamin. Fortified cereal can also have 100-200 units of Vitamin D per serving.
I wonder what other foods are going to be fortified with Vitamin D, now? The article actually suggests that 400 units is a minimum, that "kids can not get enough Vitamin D".
Sun exposure may be the best source of Vitamin D (your body synthesizes Vitamin D after about 15 minutes of sun exposure, and it is recommended that this be at least twice/week). The bad news: sunscreen prevents this synthesis from happening, and cloudy days lower the chances for your body to make Vitamin D by about 60%.
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