If you drink store bought dairy milk, it isn’t just made of milk – it’s usually got vitamin A and vitamin D added. Even organic milk:
Organic Skim Milk, Vitamin A Palmitate and Vitamin D3.
As you can see, the vitamin D used is vitamin D3. And it’s most likely made from sheep wool. Don’t get freaked out though:
- Vitamin D3 does NOT contain meat. It comes from lanolin, the oily substance in wool. That wool comes from live sheep that are periodically sheared.
- Sheep need to be sheared in any case, and using the wool to create vitamins is more environmentally friendly than discarding it.
- Many people don’t get enough vitamin D. It’s naturally available in cod liver oil, beef liver, sardines, tuna, eel and eggs – which most people don’t get enough of to meet their vitamin D needs. Milk producers have been adding vitamin D to milk for decades.
By the way, if you are vegetarian or vegan and buy non dairy milk, such as almond or soy, it is fortified with vitamin D2, a plant derived form of vitamin D.
What does worry us:
Not enough information on the sourcing of vitamins is available – nor are regulations clear. This is true for all vitamins and minerals added to foods. For example, to create vitamin D3, the wool is processed with chemicals and then irradiated. While this isn’t the end of the world, most consumers don’t realize how much processing their vitamins have been through.
Bottom line: While it is a bit weird to know about the vitamin source, we’re not going to stop drinking milk because of this . . .