Vitamin D supplementation is often discontinued after infancy. However, even toddlers are deficient in vitamin D. The study examines whether vitamin D enriched growing-up milk can better prevent the seasonal drop in vitamin D serum levels during the winter months in comparison with cow’s milk.
Nutrient supply in toddlers is often suboptimal
EFSA report2 shows: Toddlers in Europe are at risk for inadequate supply of certain nutrients:
Prevalence of vitamin D deficiency was 10 to 30 %, even in populations with a high percentage of supplement users. Endogenous synthesis is not sufficient to compensate for low dietary intakes.