Milk is Vitamin D-licious!

Vitamin D deficiency continues to be an issue of concern for many of today’s children. So much so the American Academy of Pediatrics recently doubled its recommendation for infants, children and adolescents to 400 International Units (IU) per day. Its role in proper bone health is well known, but new research suggests it may support a healthy immune system, improve brain function, and may help prevent diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers.

Milk and dairy foods are some of the few food sources of vitamin D – in fact, it’s the leading source of vitamin D in the diet. Each 8-ounce serving of milk contains about 100 IU of vitamin D. The recommended three servings of low-fat and fat-free milk provide 75 percent of the daily value of vitamin D – along with eight other essential nutrients, including calcium, potassium and vitamin A, which are often in short supply.

Read more about vitamin D at The Dairy Report.