The American Academy of Pediatrics has just released its new guidelines for Vitamin D. They have doubled the dose required for children from 200 units to 400 units. New evidence has shown that by increasing the amount of Vitamin D, children could see significant health benefits later in life.
Vitamin D helps our immune system fight disease, cancer and diabetes. It is also critical for children who need Vitamin D, in order for the body to absorb calcium, to develop strong bones.
But did you know that 3 out of 4 kids are not getting the recommended levels of calcium & vitamin D before the recommended increase! What makes it harder is that vitamin D is not required to be shown on food labels. And let's face it, who can realistically calculate number of units for all the different vitamins and minerals your child's growing body needs.
That is just not practical and not a realistic way for us parents to figure out how to make sure they get the vitamins and minerals they need.
The work has already been done for us. Follow the USDA MyPyramid and just make sure that your child is getting the number of servings per food group.
For example, if your child gets 1 serving of milk (1 cup) that equates to 100 units. So no worries, make sure your child is getting their proper servings from the milk group and your child is just about there. Depending on their age, they need 2 or 3 servings of low fat or nonfat milk or milk related products.
Use our meal planner to see what your child needs and create a meal that has the right number of servings.
FYI- here are some other foods high in vitamin D: