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Winter warners. D for diet - 28/10/2003
 
Putting the clocks back means less sunshine and declining nutritional status of the sunshine vitamin D, not only for veggies but for the population as a whole
Putting the clocks back means less sunshine and declining nutritional status of the sunshine vitamin D, not only for veggies but for the population as a whole, as timely articles in this week's Lancet and Independent describe. VEGA has anticipated the warnings and advice with material from this website published originally, for example, in its VEGA Reviews and in consultations with the Food Standards Agency, as well as in nutritional and medical conferences on topics such as osteoporosis and osteomalacia and on the appropriateness of the fortification of foods and use of supplements. Veggies should take special care (i.e. read labels) over their dietary intakes of vitamins B2 (riboflavin – which may be obtained by use of GM organisms), B12, D and K, and of the minerals iron, zinc, calcium, iodine and selenium. Lacto-ovo-vegetarians should note that levels of vitamin D in milk decline because the cows are housed in winter. Cow milk in the USA, but not in the UK, is fortified. Rations for British poultry in all systems have to be fortified, so the wintry decline in levels of vitamin D in the derived products is averted.  
 
 

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