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How much vitamin D can you get from non-cow’s milk?

Posted on: October 24, 2014   by  Amber Tovey


New research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that consumption of non-cow’s milk was associated with decreased vitamin D levels compared to the consumption of cow’s milk among children in North America.

Every country has different requirements for the fortification of foods with vitamin D. Canada and the U.S. require cow’s milk contain 40 IU of vitamin D per 100 ml serving. Canada also requires that margarine be fortified.

Vitamin D fortification of food is meant to provide enough vitamin D to prevent the development of childhood rickets. Currently, there is not enough vitamin D found in food sources to rely on diet alone for adequate daily vitamin D intake.

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2 Responses to How much vitamin D can you get from non-cow’s milk?

  1. [email protected]

    “Among the children who drank non-cow’s milk, 11% had vitamin D levels below 20 ng/ml.
    Among the children who drank cow’s milk, 4.7% had vitamin D levels above 20 ng/ml.”
    Is there a mistake?
    The above statements from the Council’s synopsis would mean 89% of non-cow’s milk drinkers would be GREATER THAN the 20 ng/ml – while 95.3% of fortified cow’s milk drinkers would be LESS THAN 20 ng/ml

  2. Amber Tovey

    Thank you, Representative Paul Seaton. You are correct. It should say that 4.7% had vitamin D levels below 20 ng/ml. Good catch.

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