Vitamin D: free teaching resource

Are we getting enough vitamin D? Apparently rickets is not something children will only learn about in history books.

I was surprised to learn that we still have children suffering from rickets in the UK. Latest reports say children under 5 and pregnant women should be taking vitamin supplements. This is not a new idea, we were supposed to have been told this for quite a few years.

Whilst some of the vitamin D deficiency is due to us keeping out of the sun for fear of cancer and ageing, the rest is from our poor diets.

The best source of Vitamin D is actually sunlight. Twenty to 30 minutes of sun exposure a week–without sunscreen–will give you an adequate amount of vitamin D. Because of the harmful effects of UV rays, it’s advised that you expose yourself to direct sunlight in short periods over the week.

I always thought I had quite a healthy diet – lots of fruit and vegetables, mainly white meat, that kind of thing – but I have just looked up which foods contain vitamin D and I was shocked at how few there are. Egg yolk, fish and liver naturally contain good quantities of vitamin D. Generally most other foodstuffs only contain vitamin D if they have been fortified, ie vitamin D has been added (breakfast cereals for instance).

Vitamin D is a vital nutrient for people with osteoporosis, and when Vitamin D is used in conjunction with calcium, it can actually increase bone density.

Try this recipe for Parmesan Thins. It contains egg yolks and cheese which is a good combination where bones are concerned. To tempt your pupils show them a colour photo of the dish.

The recipe is taken from Healthy Cooking for Primary Schools, Book 2 which is one of a series of five books, providing a practical cooking programme for primary schools. Essential cooking skills, theory and health and safety points are introduced progressively throughout the series.

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  1. Pingback: How Much Vitamin D is Too Much? « Alternative Holistic Health Answers

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