So how can you get more of it?
Vitamin D is produced when UV rays hit your skin. Now, for those of us in the UK, that doesn’t happen as much as we’d like it to (especially at this time of year). In addition, the public health campaigns around the importance of sun cream for preventing cancer (which it totally does and it’s very important that you apply it), mean that we’re getting even less vitamin D from friendly Mr Sun. Actually, from October to March none of us stiff-upper-lipped British people gets enough Vitamin D in this way. It’s recommended that everyone gets 20 minutes out in the sun, with no sun cream and their sleeves rolled up each day (morning is best as the sun is not as hot).
But, in addition, Vitamin D is also fat-soluble and present in lots of food. There’s talk at the minute about fortifying foods such as milk and bread with it artificially, in order to up the national levels. But, until this happens, here are some tasty ways you can add to your diet.