Studies show that many Canadians are deficient in vitamin D, which comes from certain foods and supplements and sun exposure. Vitamin D repairs and maintains the body and has long been recognized as essential for the development and continued health of bones and teeth.
Statistics Canada reports that two-thirds of Canadians have vitamin D levels below the amounts research is associating with reduced risk of diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, osteoporosis, rickets and kidney disease. Insufficient vitamin D has also been linked to high blood pressure, kidney disease, obesity and depression.
Several companies are now including vitamin D in their eggs for those who want to increase their intake. Each 53-gram Golden D egg, for instance, contains 3 times more vitamin D than a regular egg. B.C.'s Vita D Sunshine Eggs says each of their eggs contain 100 per cent of the daily value of vitamin D.
Here is a recipe in which you can use eggs to give your body a boost of vitamin D.
Rosie's Sunshine Mushroom Spinach Frittata
15 ml (1 tbsp) extra-virgin olive oil
45 ml (3 tbsp) finely chopped shallots
500 ml (2 cups) sliced mushrooms
500 ml (2 cups) chopped fresh spinach
50 ml (1/4 cup) freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
1 ml (1/4 tsp) salt
1 ml (1/4 tsp) freshly ground pepper
Heat oven to 180 C (350 F). Prepare a 2-l (8-cup) casserole dish (or 20 by 20 cm/8 by 8 inch) with vegetable oil spray.
In a large skillet over medium, heat oil; add shallots and saute until soft, about 3 minutes. Add mushrooms and saute another 3 minutes. Add spinach and saute another 2 minutes; set aside to cool.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat eggs; stir in cheese, if using, and salt and pepper. Add cooled vegetable mixture and stir until mixed. Pour mixture into casserole and bake for about 30 minutes or until top is lightly browned. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.
Makes 4 servings.
Nutrition information per serving with cheese: 199 calories; 12 g total fat (4 g saturated fat); 229 mg sodium; 6 g carbohydrate; 2 g fibre; 15 g protein.
Nutrition information per serving without cheese: 170 calories; 11 g total fat (3 g saturated fat); 189 mg sodium; 6 g carbohydrate; 2 g fibre; 12 g protein.
Source: Recipe created by Rosie Schwartz for Golden D Eggs.