Products with fortified vitamin D
- Jul 03, 2018
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Here’s a question; when is meat free not meat free?
I found out recently that fortified vitamin D is more than, well I had never really thought about it. I asked recently at a dinner party where vitamin D came from. Someone said “the sun”, which is correct to a point. That was my assumption too. However, we see many products, especially dairy and cereal products that are “fortified with vitamin D”. So where does that come from? From an industrial commercial food process perspective, where can you get that much vitamin D? Sheep apparently.
What..? Yep, sheep lanolin (skin or wool). This is for the commercial production of vitamin D3 . So that soy milk that you consume because you are vegan, and you don’t want to have animal by-products in your food, that soy milk with fortified vitamin D3, does that count?
Vitamin D can be found naturally in fatty fish like salmon, cheese and egg yolks. Vitamin D2 can be produced by irritating yeast, and sometimes this product is used in plant-based milks. This is a good thing if you are choosey about the contents of your food. How easy is it to distinguish on a food label, and would you have known to look for a difference? As we know, many food manufacture and production processes look for the most efficient cost structures. With meat by-products being such a large part of the global economy, how likely is it that plant-based commercial vitamin D is used in your soy latte? Now that you know, you can start being more selective about your food, if you choose to be.