Sources of Vitamin D
There are no foods that are naturally very high in this vitamin, but certain foods do provide some level of vitamin D. These include:
• Egg yolks
• Oily fish such as herring, sardines and salmon
• Cod liver oil
• Beef liver
There is also some evidence that mushrooms that have been exposed to sunlight or artificial UV light during the growing process, also contain vitamin D.
It’s not recommended that we rely on diet alone for our vitamin D requirements, as these foods contain relatively low levels of this essential vitamin. Around 1 in 6 UK adults are unknowingly deficient in vitamin D, especially during the colder months.
For this reason, some foods are fortified with vitamin D to help supplement the diet of the nation as a whole. This includes certain breads, cereals, dairy products, plant-based milks and spreads.