December 8, 2006
December 8, 2006 - New research shows beef and lamb are rich sources of a type of vitamin D, something we usually get from sunlight.
Dietary sources of vitamin D are becoming more and more important as we heed health messages to protect ourselves from the sun's harmful rays.
A study led by Associate Professor Roger Purchas, Ph.D., at the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health, estimates that one serving of lamb can provide half the daily vitamin D requirement and beef about a quarter when both forms of the vitamin are taken into account.
This form of vitamin D, 25-hydroxyvitamin D, is three times more potent than other types.
"Recognizing the contribution beef and lamb can make to our vitamin D intake is both timely and important.
"Food sources have been limited primarily to oily fish, eggs and some dairy products; beef and lamb can now be added to the list," Purchas says. Reprinted in part from Gisborne Herald, New Zealand