LONDON The government announced Thursday that all Brits should consider taking vitamin D supplements during autumn and winter to protect bone and muscle health.
Public Health England’s advice comes as the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition published a report suggesting everyone over the age of 1 needs to consume 10 micrograms of vitamin D each day.
But, not everyone in the UK is entirely happy about this news.
According to NHS information, most people in the UK should be able to get the recommended amount of vitamin D from a balanced diet and sunlight on their skin between late March and the end of September.
But, public health officials have warned that it will be difficult for people to meet the 10 microgram recommendation by eating vitamin D-rich foods during autumn and winter.
Brits are taking to Twitter to express their consternation at the new guidelines.
While some people were gleefully expressing that they were already taking supplements…
Apparently we should all be getting more vitamin D. *puts on hipster glasses* I started taking supplements before it was cool.
Genie Luxemburg (@Sprachstudentin) July 21, 2016
Good thing I already take Vitamin D pills everyday
Joshua Kekana (@JoshuaKekana) July 21, 2016
Others weren’t quite so enthused.
Some raised some prescient points.
As soon as phone manufacturers work out a way to get the light from screens to synthesise vitamin D we won’t have to bother with those pills
Stu. (@dysondoc) July 21, 2016
Some had theories of their own about the source of the recommendations.
I wonder if vitamin d survey was funded by the people who make vitamin d supplements????
Mathew Richards (@MatRichards79) July 21, 2016
any evidence for this vitamin D stuff? Thought not.
ben dean (@bendean1979) July 21, 2016
Many criticised Public Health England’s timing.
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