Vitamin D in a Vegetarian Diet
Vitamin D is essential for the absorption
of calcium and phosphorus, and bone formation.
Best Source of Vitamin D for Vegetarians
and Meat Eaters
The best source of vitamin D is direct
sunshine. Ultra-violet B light on sterols in the skin creates vitamin
D. But vegetarians and vegans who lack all year round sunshine need to
find other sources of vitamin D.
Sources of Vitamin D for Less Strict Vegetarians
Vegetarians who consume fish oils may obtain
all their vitamin D requirements from cod liver oil. Vitamin D
is also present in milk, cheese and butter.
Sources of Vitamin D for Strict Vegetarians
The only viable vegan sources of vitamin
D are fortified foods - like soy milks, margarines and breakfast cereals
- and vitamin D supplements.