A fast food restaurant in Chicago is serving a vitamin D supplement to its customers.
The restaurant, which serves salads and sandwiches, says the supplement will help its customers absorb calcium and other nutrients needed for healthy bones and teeth.
“Our customers can feel like they’re getting the nutrients they need when they eat the salad,” said Jennifer Guglielmi, general manager of La Fazenda in Chicago.
La Fazeria, located at the corner of Michigan and West Michigan avenues, is one of several fast food restaurants that offer the supplement.
Vitamin D, which helps bones build strong bones, has been shown to increase calcium absorption and reduce bone loss, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
People who eat enough calcium and vitamin D can boost their bone density and help reduce fractures, said Dr. John Pyle, an osteopathic osteopathic physician at the University of Illinois Medical School.
One of the most important nutrients for bone health, vitamin D is also found in milk, meat and fish.
A study published in the February issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association found that a diet rich in vitamin D was associated with lower risk of hip fractures.
It’s also important to consider whether a meal with a vitamin is serving food that contains calcium, said Guglini.
For example, if a restaurant offers a salad, you may not realize that the salad contains a high concentration of calcium and that the calcium is the same as if it was a salad that contains spinach, she said.
Another common problem is that people with vitamin D deficiency have trouble absorbing calcium from the food they are eating, said Pyle.
If a meal has a low calcium content, some people may not have enough calcium to absorb the vitamin.
While it’s important to eat a healthy diet, there are many ways to increase your vitamin D intake, including getting enough calcium.
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