Food fix for D-ficiency

People who do not spend enough time exposed to sunlight can increase their vitamin D intake with nutrient-rich foods including fish, eggs and mushrooms.

People who do not spend enough time exposed to sunlight can increase their vitamin D intake with nutrient-rich foods including fish, eggs and mushrooms.

NEW research shows vitamin D deficiency is rife in sunny Australia – and worse in Victoria – prompting dietitians to encourage Aussies to couple safe sun exposure with a healthy dose of nutrient-rich foods containing ­vitamin D. 

The research builds on findings from the Australian Health Survey that found about one in four Australian adults is vitamin D-deficient, with the highest rates of deficiency in Victoria (31.1 per cent) and the ACT (28.5 per cent).

The Curtin University research is being presented at the Dietitians Association of Australia’s National Conference in Hobart this week.

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