Vitamin D is needed essentially to help our body absorb and use Calcium, which is vital for healthy bones and teeth. Just eating plenty of calcium isn't enough.
If you’re not eating foods naturally rich in Vitamin D such as egg yolks, salmon, cod and tuna, you can include foods which are fortified with Vitamin D, such as milk.
But one easy way to get your entire recommended daily allowance for Vitamin D and 50 percent of Calcium is to eat a pot of Calin+. This is a new yogurt made in France for Yoplait.
I was kindly sent some pots of Calin+ to try out. There are three flavours to choose from: Vanilla, Cherry or Strawberry. Each variety comes in a four pack of 4 x 125g pots. I received the Vanilla and Cherry.
I started with the Vanilla since that’s my favourite. The ingredients include ’exhausted vanilla pods’. I’m not sure what that means but they weren't entirely exhausted since there were plenty of vanilla specks in the yogurt! It’s quite creamy and sweet with a delicate vanilla taste.
The only way to find out whether you are deficient in Vitamin D is to have a blood test. As it happens, both my husband and I recently had blood tests for different reasons. My result showed my Vitamin D levels were fine, whereas my husbands were too low and he was prescribed some super strength Vitamin D supplements.
Since he always forgets taking pills, having pots of Calin+ yogurt handy in the fridge was a real bonus. I’ll definitely keep on buying them for him. And, although I loved the taste, the calories are a bit too high for me. This is mainly due to the sugar content, nearly 4 teaspoons per pot!
Another thing, the UK doesn’t have any set recommended daily allowance for Vitamin D. However the EC does and this is currently 500 micrograms (ug) which is what each pot of Calin+ contains.
Calin+ in branches of Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Waitrose.
Nutrition Information per 125g pot (Vanilla): 122 calories, 4.1g protein, 16.9g carbohydrate, 16.5g sugars, 3.4g fat, 2.3g saturates, <0.1g fibre, 0.06g sodium, 400mg Calcium, 5ug Vitamin D. Suitable for vegetarians.
Yoplait is a partner of the National Osteoporosis Society.
For more information on Calin+ and Vitamin D visit:
Cancer Recover Org
National Osteoporosis Society
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