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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D this Winter?

Old Man winter is getting his revenge on us this year, after letting us have a reprieve - winter is back with a vengeance.   Some people love the winter season, and others (like myself) are in hibernation mode.

We've had the shortest day of the year about a month ago, and I've noticed that days are slowly getting a little longer!  That's a great thing.  Yet, only 60% of Canadians receive enough vitamin D (the sunshine vitamin) in the winter months.

Vitamin D is essential for keeping the required calcium levels in our blood.  If our blood levels drop, then our bodies borrow needed calcium from our bones - which can cause rickets in children and osteoporosis in adults.

  • Dietary Vitamin D is found naturally in fatty fish, egg yolk and in fortified sources (milk, margarine)
  • Over 85% of Canadian children, 75% of Canadian adolescents and 80% of Canadian adults are not meeting the estimated requirements for dietary Vitamin D
  • Just over 2/3 of Canadians have Vitamin D blood levels sufficient for healthy bones
  • If Canadians raised their Vitamin D levels it would save an estimated 37,000 premature deaths and $14.4 billion in healthcare costs annually

Get your sunshine in a bowl:  Kellogg's has fortified some of our favourite cereals with Vitamin D to help counter Canada's growing Vitamin D insufficiency.

To help us get much need Vitamin D, Kellogg's has fortified 13 of its most loved cereals with 20% of Health Canada's recommended daily intake of Vitamin D.   Look for the banner across the top of your favourite Kellogg's  cereals, such as:   Rice Krispies,  Special K,  Froot Loops, Corn Pops, Mini Wheats Little Bites, Cinnamon Pops, Frosted Flakes, Crispix Krispies, and Krave. 

Please Note:  Statistics and facts quoted in this post were provided by Kellogg's.  No financial compensation was received for this post.


Christine Lee-McNaughton said...

We're outdoors a lot in the winter, but not as much as in the summer. I often wonder if we get enough vit D!

Jonnie (JB) said...

In the winter, I sometimes go a few days in a row without being in the sunlight so this is a welcome addition. Froot Loops are one of my guilty pleasures and this gives me another excuse to enjoy a bowl!