As more research rolls out on the importance of vitamin D to optimal health, foodies are looking to food sources to meet their needs. Lard (yes, pig fat) is one food that many point to as packed with vitamin D.
Is lard your vitamin D ticket? No. Lard has very small levels of vitamin D even if the pig is eating grass. I discuss the issue in the video below (or jump over to YouTube for a gander here).
Your very best source of vitamin D is still sunlight. In my own routines, I typically cover up while I am gardening or doing yard work and I do lay out during the summer as I can. When I lay out, I expose my legs and torso but keep my face, hands, and upper chest and neck covered since I have the most skin damage in those areas. It is a great, relaxing ritual I try to do daily for at least thirty minutes.
As you plan your own sunbathing time, read the resource provided by the Vitamin D Council on sunlight and indoor tanning (here). You will notice key points:
Deficient or not, adding high vitamin D foods surely won’t hurt. Generally, fish and seafood are your best sources followed by eggs, but no food source compares to the power of sunlight. When the sun hits our skin, we turn it into vitamin D.
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