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New study shows 70% of kids are low in vitamin D

Posted on Sep 16, 2009 by Maggie LaBarbera

According to another study, published in Pediatrics,

70% of American children are at increased risk for bone and heart disease because of low levels of vitamin D.

The study looked at a representative sample of more than 6000 individuals between the ages of 1 - 21 years old, using the data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

Last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued new guidelines on the prevention of vitamin D deficiency in kids by doubling the recommended amount of daily vitamin D to 400IU.

List of foods high in Vitamin D:


IU per serving

Cod liver oil, 1 Tablespoon

1,360 IU

Salmon, cooked, 3½ ounces

360 IU

Mackerel, cooked, 3½ ounces

345 IU

Tuna fish, canned in oil, 3 ounces

200 IU

Sardines, canned in oil, 1¾ ounces

250 IU

Milk, vitamin D fortified, 1 cup

98 IU

Margarine, fortified, 1 Tablespoon

60 IU

Pudding, prepared with vitamin D fortified milk, ½ cup

50 IU

Ready-to-eat cereals fortified with 10% of the DV for vitamin D, ¾ cup

40 IU

Egg yolk, 1 whole

20 IU

Beef Liver, cooked, 3½ ounces

15 IU

Swiss Cheese, 1 ounce

12 IU


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womans health
Monday, Sep 21, 2009 @ 03:33 AM

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hello Nice thread having such a wonderful information about vitamin D, thanks for posting!

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