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Does milk naturally contain vitamin D?

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Milk naturally contains only a tiny amount of vitamin D. In contrast to some other countries, no vitamin D is added to milk in South Africa.

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Milk naturally contains only a negligible amount of vitamin D, which is a fat-soluble vitamin that enhances the intestinal absorption of calcium and phosphorus. Vitamin D is therefore essential for the maintenance of a healthy skeleton throughout life. Although milk is fortified with vitamin D in many countries, it is not the case in South Africa. Because of the high level of sunshine in South Africa, it is assumed that most people living in South Africa should be able to obtain adequate vitamin D from 10–30 minutes of sunlight per day.

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