Vitamin D to be added to foods?

The rate of low vitamin D levels in Australia could see it added to foods.

About 30 per cent of Australians are low in vitamin D, which is largely absorbed from direct sun exposure.

But with skin cancer the most common type of the disease in Australia, sun safety has seen many people shying away from exposure.

Deakin University researcher Caryl Nowson believes we should begin adding the vitamin to commonly-consumed foods, similar to the way folate is added to bread to curb neural tube defects.

Canada has already begun adding vitamin D to foods.

She said increasing vitamin D levels has been shown to prevent falls and fractures in the elderly and reduce mortality rates.



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