Sources of Vitamin D in Food
For an important nutrient, few foods are natural sources of vitamin D. Here are some foods that contain vitamin D:
Dietary sources of vitamin D include:1
- Vitamin D fortified margarine (fortification is mandatory in Australia for table margarines)
- Fatty fish such as salmon, herring and mackerel
- Vitamin D fortified milk products including yoghurt and cheese (fortification is voluntary for milk products in Australia)
Since relatively few consumed foods supply vitamin D, many people can have difficulties meeting their Vitamin D requirements. Dietary supplements can help fill the gap.
The Next Step
To find out how much vitamin D is right for you, see your doctor and ask to have your blood level of 25-hydroxyvitamin D checked.
Vitamin D supplements have the potential to interact with some medications. Ask your doctor about these potential for these interactions.
1. Dieticians Association of Australia, vitamin D. [Accessed 22 January 2016] http://daa.asn.au/for-the-public/smart-eating-for-you/nutrition-a-z/vitamin-d/