Here in the UK, we're really lacking in Vitamin D, with 20% of children having vitamin D levels lower than government recommendations and a 2021 study showing that 1 in 6 adults has low levels of Vitamin D in their blood. This is mainly because humans typically get Vitamin D from the sun, and we don't get much sun here in the UK.
The good news is that you can find vitamin D in a number of different foods, including breakfast cereals. There are lots of breakfast cereals out there which are high in Vitamin D, so we thought it would be useful to round up the best that we've found and tried, let's get into it:
For some reason, it seems that despite Weetabix being a healthy cereal, the original variety of Weetabix contains no Vitamin D. But some varieties of cereal from the Weetabix Food Company are fortified with Vitamin D, including Weetos. In fact, Weetos contain a really solid amount of vitamin D, with 1.3µg found in each 30g serving. Learn more and buy it here - tesco.com
If you're looking for a cereal that contains a good amount of Vitamin D but which isn't a Kelloggs cereal, then Cheerios Multigrain is a great option. This cereal contains 0.87µg of Vitamin D per 30g serving, which represents 17% of your daily recommended intake. We love Cheerios Multigrain and think it's generally a healthy cereal too as well as giving a good amount of Vitamin D in each serving, learn more and buy it here - sainsburys.co.uk
If you're a fan of Corn Flakes but don't want to pay the premium price for the Kellogg's brand, then the own-brand Tesco Cornflakes are a great alternative which also contain a good amount of Vitamin D. Each 30g serving of Tesco Cornflakes contains 1.50µg of Vitamin D, which is about half as much as you'll find in Kellogg's Corn Flakes but is still a good amount. Learn more and buy them here - tesco.com
Another cereal from Kellogg's which is packed with vitamin D is Special K. In each bowl of the original Special K you'll find 2.5 µg of Vitamin D per 30g, which again is 50% of your recommended daily intake. The other varieties of Special K also contain good amounts of Vitamin D, but not quite as much as the original variety - for example, the chocolate Special K contains 2.1 µg, which is still 41% of your daily recommended intake. We have a guide about how healthy Special K is if you want more information. Learn more and buy Special K here - sainsburys.co.uk
Tesco Low Fat Special Flakes
Another excellent Tesco own-brand version of a popular Kellogg's cereal which is packed with Vitamin D is this take on Special K, called 'Tesco Low Fat Special Flakes'. These special flakes contain 1.50µg of Vitamin D per 30g, which is actually a really solid amount. Learn more and buy them here - tesco.com
Hopefully, this guide helps you to find a cereal which is high in Vitamin D. Let us know if you've tried any of these or if you have any other suggestions for us to try! If you'd like to read something similar, we have a guide about the highest fibre cereal you can buy in the UK, cereal which is high in Vitamin B12, and cereal which is high in iron.