Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that helps our bodies absorb calcium. Calcium is important in forming and maintaining strong, healthy bones and may protect older adults from osteoporosis and other bone-related diseases, as well as certain types of cancers. Vitamin D is also known as “The Sunshine Vitamin”, because when the UV rays from the sun hit our skin, this triggers the production of Vitamin D in our bodies. In the winter months, getting Vitamin D from sunlight is sometimes difficult. Because of the colder temperatures we spend less time outside, and when we do, we are covered up and our skin isn’t exposed to the sunlight. Our bodies don’t naturally produce Vitamin D, so getting it through all-natural food sources, such as salmon, milk and eggs will help us get the Vitamin D we need throughout the winter months.
Choosing the right foods will help us get the vitamins we need each day. Did you know that one Eggland’s Best egg has twice as much Vitamin D as ordinary eggs? Each EB egg contains 80 IU (international units) of Vitamin D, compared to just 40 IU in an ordinary egg. The National Institutes of Health recommend that children and adults, both male and female, receive 600 IU of Vitamin D daily.* Swapping out your ordinary eggs with EBs for your morning omelet with a glass of cold milk, and adding a tasty EB hard-cooked egg as an afternoon snack will put you on the right track to getting your daily dose of Vitamin D.
*Source: National Institutes of Health online