Click here to read about the recommended intake and food sources of Vitamin D (Canadian Nutrient File)
Milk Allergy: Click here to read about Milk Allergy (Government of Canada/Health Canada) Click here to read about a Milk-free diet (Dietitians of Canada) Lactose Intolerance: Click here to read about Lactose Intolerance (US Department of Health) Click here to read about Food Sources of Lactose (Dietitians of Canada) Click here to read about Managing Lactose Intolerance (Dietitians of Canada)
The Canadian Health Measures Survey found that approximately 10 per cent of Canadians have inadequate levels of vitamin D for bone health.
Considering the standards for levels of vitamin D used in this study were set in 1997, and current research suggests we probably need more, it is likely that even more Canadians will be classified as having vitamin D inadequacy in years to come.
The 2004 Canadian Community Health Survey found more than a third of children aged four to nine do not achieve the recommended two daily servings of milk or milk alternatives.
By age 30, more than two-thirds of Canadians do not attain the three daily servings of milk or milk alternatives recommended per day.
How much calcium and vitamin D do I need each day and how do I make sure I am getting enough?