Add these easy-to-find foods to your diet to reap the health-protecting benefits of Vitamin D.
You load up on calcium to keep your bones healthy and strong, but did you know that not eating enough vitamin D foods makes it near-impossible to reap all of the mineral’s health-boosting benefits?
It’s true! But that’s not the only reason you should up your intake of vitamin D. Besides keeping brittle bones at bay, the nutrient also fights depression and colds, reduces the risk of certain cancers, diminishes inflammation and even wards off erectile dysfunction, according to a Journal of Sexual Medicine report. Talk about a multitasker.
So how can you ensure you’re getting enough of the vitamin? Your body produces D whenever your skin is directly exposed to sunlight. That’s why it’s often referred to as the “sunshine vitamin.” But because prolonged exposure to the sun isn’t safe, it’s smart to add vitamin D foods to your diet. This ensures you’ll hit the daily recommended 600 IUs of vitamin D without getting a painful sunburn.
We’ve found the five best vitamin D foods and ranked them in order of potency (starting from least to most). Next time you visit the supermarket, be sure to grab a few of these healthy picks.
Vitamin D content: 40 IUs per fried egg (7% DV)
If you’re an avid Eat This, Not That! reader, you likely know we’re big fans of whole eggs. The yolk may add some extra calories and fat to your plate, but it also contains a host of fat-blasting and health-boosting nutrients—including vitamin D. In fact, a three-egg omelet serves up 20 percent of the daily D requirement. We suggest adding some veggies to the mix for an added boost of flavor and nutrients.
Vitamin D content: 41 IUs per 4 oz serving (7% DV)
Besides providing nearly 7 percent of your daily recommended allowance of vitamin D, a pork chop is a great source of muscle-building lean protein (28 grams to be exact). Plus, it can add some pizazz to a chicken- and beef-filled weekly dinner lineup.