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Discover Vitamin D

Everyone knows that calcium is important for strong bones, but Vitamin D is important as well, because it helps your body with calcium absorption. This winning combination of nutrients is provided by your favorite yogurt—Yoplait, the only leading yogurt with calcium and vitamin D in every single serving!

Discover Vitamin D

You know that you need calcium for strong bones, but did you know that you also need vitamin D to help your body absorb calcium?

Our bodies need vitamin D for the absorption of calcium to build and maintain strong bones. Studies show that calcium absorption improves when taken along with Vitamin D.1 Other studies show that vitamin D may help prevent bone fractures later in life.2, 3

Current recommendations for vitamin D are:

Life Stage Group

 

Estimated Average Requirement (IU/day)

 

Recommended Dietary Allowance (IU/day)

 

1 - 3 years old

 

400

 

600

 

4 - 8 years old

 

400

 

600

 

9 - 18 years old

 

400

 

600

 

19 - 50 years old

 

400

 

600

 

51 - 70 year old males

 

400

 

600

 

51 - 70 year old females

 

400

 

600

 

71+ years ol

 

400

 

800

 

14 - 18 years old, pregnant/lactating

 

400

 

600

 

19 - 50 years old, pregnant/lactating

 

400

 

600

 

Institute of Medicine. Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin D,National Academy of Sciences, 2010.

Finding Vitamin D in Foods

Vitamin D is formed naturally by the body after exposure to sunlight. Since you can't always count on the sun, it's even more important to look to your diet for your Vitamin D. Yoplait is the only leading yogurt with Vitamin D in every serving to provide 10%-20% of the Daily Value. Other food sources of vitamin D include fatty fish such as salmon, cod liver oil, organ meats, fortified ready-to-eat cereal, egg yolks, and mushrooms.

Vitamin D Content of Selected Foods

Food

 

Amount

 

Vitamin D
(International Units)

 

Cod Liver Oil

 

1 Tablespoon

 

1,200

 

Salmon, cooked

 

3.5 ounces

 

525

 

Milk, skim, vitamin D fortified

 

1 cup (8 fluid ounces)

 

110

 

Ready-to-eat cereal, vitamin D fortified at 10% of Daily Value

 

1 cup

 

40-50

 

Liver, beef, cooked

 

3.5 ounces

 

50

 

Mushrooms, raw

 

1⁄2 cup

 

2.5

 

Egg

 

1 whole

 

40

 

USDA Nutrient Database, Standard Reference Release 24, On-line

1. McCormick CC. Passive diffusion does not play a major role in the absorption of dietary calcium in normal adults. J Nutr. 2002; 132(11):3428-30.

2. Trivedi DP, Doll R, Khaw KT. Effect of four monthly oral vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) supplementation on fractures and mortality in men and women living in the community: randomised double blind controlled trial. BMJ 2003;326:469-475.

3. Feskanich D, Willett WC, Colditz GA. Calcium, vitamin D, milk consumption, and hip fractures: a prospective study among postmenopausal women.Am J Clin Nutr. 2003;77(2):504-11.
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