One of my favorite TV commercials is “The Milk Carton Guy” which aired about 10 years ago. The scene: A guy in a milk carton costume and sunglasses is hanging around a neighborhood basketball court watching some dudes shoot hoops and giving them (good) grief. Mr. Milk Carton tells the guys in heckler-
One of the Milk Carton Guy’s lines is, “You want D? You need me!
Today we know that it’s really hard to get enough vitamin D through food and beverages, even when drinking three—or even four—cups of milk every day.
With sun exposure, our own skin can make vitamin D. But in places where the sun don’t shine (much) such as Michigan, and where sunscreen use is the order of the day, most people are D-
The current recommendation for vitamin D intake from the Institute of Medicine is 200-
For optimal health, new studies suggest that adults need closer to 1,
To put that in perspective:
3 ½ ounces cooked salmon = 360 IUs vitamin D
3 ½ ounces cooked tuna = 200 IUs
1 cup vitamin D-
1 egg = 20 IUs
Talk to your doctor or dietitian about vitamin D. The dietitian’s mantra that people who eat a well-
|Supplement Your Knowledge of Vitamin D (from WebMD)|
|Vitamin D Council Web site|