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.