A A leading nutritionist warned today (July 22) that the British may be deficient in vitamin D – despite being in the middle of summer.
A season where there is usually no shortage of sun vitamin, the nation seems to live life in the shade instead of enjoying the sun.
According to new studies by mushroom makers in the UK and Ireland, a partnership between farmers and mushrooms and growers, Britons spend two hours less outside than before the plague – an average of 18 minutes less each day.
Despite the lockout restrictions that ended this week, normalcy looks very different compared to the life that preceded the epidemic.
Travel to work will continue to be off the par for the most part, as the survey found that 46 percent of the nation will continue to work from home, with only 40 percent making time for a trip outside during their lunch break.
International travel restrictions mean that 57% of sun-worshiping Britons have not taken a two-year summer holiday.
And although the government has announced that those who are completely vaccinated will not have to quarantine when traveling to countries on the amber list, 60 percent plan to miss overseas vacations this year.
With Britons spending less time in the sunlight causing concern, nutritionist Rob Hobson says we may face a dip in vitamin D – and that the modest mushroom could be the solution this summer.
Hobson said: “While some people take advantage of most of the summer sun, there are still those who spend more time than usual indoors while working from home, worried about new strains of the virus or having to quarantine or isolate themselves.
“The reduced time outside limits the opportunity to take vitamin D from the sun, but you can help increase your intake with smart mushrooms. Mushrooms produce vitamin D in the presence of sunlight and are one of the few food sources of this nutrient. Only eight enriched mushrooms can provide you with RDA. Your full. “
“If you can’t get your hands on vitamin D-enriched mushrooms, you can take regular mushrooms and inject them with vitamin D by putting them in sunlight for about 60 minutes – thanks to the human skin that absorbs rays.
“Due to their unique growing conditions, British and Irish mushrooms are available all year round. Try adding them raw to salads or alongside other summer vegetables to make an frittata omelet or breakfast.”