Egg-Citing New Research into Vitamin D Levels; IT'S NO YOLK THAT EGGS MAY OFFSET SUNSHINE DEFICIENCY

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Egg-Citing New Research into Vitamin D Levels; IT'S NO YOLK THAT EGGS MAY OFFSET SUNSHINE DEFICIENCY


Byline: KATIE DICKINSON Reporter katie.dickinson@trinitymirror.com @KATIEJDICKINSON

COULD an egg's sunshine yolk hold the secret to the lack of daylight hours in the UK? Today, on the shortest day of the year, scientists at Newcastle University have revealed they believe eggs could hold the answer to the lack of sunlight in this country.

Researchers at the city's Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation are conducting a major study into whether 'sunshine eggs' could increase people's levels of vitamin D during the winter months.

The hormone is essential for keeping bones, teeth and muscles healthy, but is only found naturally in a handful of foods.

And many Brits become deficient in vitamin D during the winter, when sunlight doesn't contain enough of the UVB-type radiation for our skins to manufacture it.

This year, Public Health England published new dietary guidance on vitamin D, recommending that adults and children aged four years and above should have 10 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin D every day.

Scientists at the Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation at Newcastle University are conducting a major study to assess whether 'Sunshine Eggs' - eggs enriched in vitamin D - could increase people's levels of the vitamin.

PhD student Estelle Rickelton, who is leading the research, said: "Many people in the UK have low levels of vitamin D in winter.

"Certain groups are known to be at increased risk of vitamin D deficiency, including ethnic groups with dark skin and those who have limited exposure to sunlight. …

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