Vitamin D content of food and its contribution to vitamin D status: a brief overview and Australian focus

Photochem Photobiol Sci. 2012 Dec;11(12):1802-7. doi: 10.1039/c2pp25150g.


There are only a few natural foods that contain nutritionally significant quantities of vitamin D. These include egg yolk, some fatty fish, and in much lower concentrations, meat. The published values of the vitamin D content of food are summarised here and their contribution to dietary vitamin D intake is discussed, with particular reference to Australia. Dietary vitamin D is unlikely to reach the level recommended by the US Institute of Medicine. It is therefore concluded that dietary vitamin D will only be a component of vitamin D supply, with UV exposure and/or oral supplements continuing to be the main sources of vitamin D to maintain adequate status.

MeSH terms

  • Agaricales / chemistry
  • Australia
  • Egg Yolk / chemistry
  • Food Analysis
  • Humans
  • Meat / analysis
  • Skin / radiation effects
  • Ultraviolet Rays
  • Vitamin D / analysis*
  • Vitamin D / metabolism


  • Vitamin D