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QUIZ: Do You Get Enough Sunshine? November 5, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Food & Drink, Health & Wellness.

According to AARP magazine, as many as 75 percent of Americans may not be getting enough Vitamin D for optimum health.

To learn more, take this quick quiz:

1.  Vitamin D is often called the ________ Vitamin because your body produces it when exposed to sunlight.

2.  True/False:  Vitamin D is good for bones, and for warding off cancer and heart disease.

3.  True/False:  Studies have found that Vitamin D reduces the risk of colorectal cancer, hip fractures, and tooth loss, and significantly increases muscle strength.

4.  To get the Vitamin D value of ten minutes of sunlight, you’d have to eat:
a. Six shitake mushrooms
b. 10 shitake mushrooms
c. 15 shitake mushrooms
d. 6-7 pounds of shitake mushrooms

5. To get the Vitamin D value of ten minutes of sunlight, you’d have to drink:
a. 1 cup of fortified orange juice
b. 3 cups of fortified orange juice
c. 10 cups of fortified orange juice
d. 30 cups of fortified orange juice

6. To get the Vitamin D value of ten minutes of sunlight, you’d have to eat:
a. 1 egg yolk
b. 3 egg yolks
c. 10 egg yolks
d. 150 egg yolks

7. To get the Vitamin D value of ten minutes of sunlight, you’d have to eat:
a. 3 3/4 pounds of fresh farmed salmon
b. 30 servings of fortified cereal
c. 2 1/6 pounds of sardines

8. Between 1994 and 2004, average blood levels of Vitamin D declined because:
a. People aren’t eating enough eggs.
b. People aren’t drinking enough orange juice.
c. People aren’t getting enough sunlight.
d. People aren’t eating enough shitake mushrooms.

9. True/False: To get enough sunshine, doctors are recommending 10-15 minutes of sun exposure a few times a week.

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1.  Vitamin D is often called the Sunshine Vitamin.

2.  True.  A team of Harvard scientists discovered that among 18,000 men they’ve been tracking since 1993, those with the highest blood levels of Vitamin D were the least likely to have heart attacks.

3.  True.

4. D. 6 1/2 pounds of shitake mushrooms

5. D. 30 cups of fortified orange juice

6. D. 150 egg yolks

7. A, B, or C

8. C. We’re not getting enough sunlight because we’ve been told to cover up to avoid skin cancer.

9. True. If you don’t get 10-15 minutes of sunlight at least a few times a week, consider taking a vitamin D supplement daily.

Source: The Sunshine Vitamin: Are You Getting Enough? by Colleen Pierre, R.D., AARP Magazine.

Related article:  Q & A on Vitamin D (the Sunshine Vitamin) * Vitamin D to the Rescue * Vitamins from A to Z


1. Cindy - November 5, 2010

Very interesting Nancy!

nrhatch - November 5, 2010

I’m walking in sunshine . . . whoa! 8)

2. Paula Tohline Calhoun - November 5, 2010

I have to use sunscreen. I asked my Doc about that and he said that yes, it can block the absorption of Vitamin D. My recent Vitamin D count (which he checks because Vitamin D can also affect pain levels), was drastically low (to the point of near absence!), and I have been taking a weekly prescription supplement which contains a mega-dose of D. It has raised my level somewhat, but not enough yet. I can only take it in 8 week courses, followed by a 2-week rest, then start it over again. Bothers my stomach, as most supplements do. But I am at least trying. I haven’t noticed to date any alteration of pain levels, but I continue to hope!

nrhatch - November 5, 2010

The articles I’ve read suggest using sunscreen on your face while leaving it off your arms and legs for 10-15 minutes a few times a week.

I read a story this week about someone who rebounded in several ways once a Vitamin D deficiency was identified and remedied.

Hope you have a similar result.

SidevieW - April 26, 2013

gosh, I must go and lurk in the sun more. But I have a very shadey garden, so that is quite hard.

nrhatch - April 26, 2013

Hope you manage to find just the right balance between shade and sun. 😎

3. Agatha82 - November 5, 2010

I avoid sunshine like the plague lol. It gives me sunstroke quite easily. Last time, I’d only been out for 1 hour, trying to walk in the shade but still got it (and this was here in London, not known for our sunshine) and the truth is I cannot stand the feel of it on my skin when it’s hot *hisses*

Only time I appreciate is when it is a cold winter/autumn day and the sun is shining, then it feels nice on me.

As a child, I remember being taken to the beach and being so neurotic, I’d grab everyone’s towels and cover myself up…oh dear, no wonder I like vampires lol.

However, I am aware we need Vit D. Think I’m okay because I eat tons of eggs/cheese plus I walk around a lot for exercise so I am bound to get some sun that way, I guess…

nrhatch - November 5, 2010

I no longer bake in the sun on hot days ~ I go for outside in the morning, or wait until later in the afternoon, to get my vitamin D.

Enjoy the sun this winter! And in short spurts the rest of the year.

4. souldipper - November 5, 2010

A key vitamin for bone building and maintenance. It’s been a part of my vitamin intake for years. But I find it interesting that I have been robbing myself of 150 egg yolks and 30 cups of OJ a day. 🙂

nrhatch - November 5, 2010

You’d need to be Paul Bunyon to consume a breakfast that big.

5. humm - November 5, 2010

Recent reserches also prove that vit D is good for brain development & its functioning. It is also benificial for depression .

nrhatch - November 5, 2010

Thanks, Humm!

I know that sunlight keeps me from getting depressed and provides mental clarity.

6. Booksphotographsandartwork - November 6, 2010

Whenever I go to the beach I am a different person, a better person. Too bad I haven’t been in years. Even worse that my husband hates the beach.

Now that fall is here I am getting all the sun I can since I can finally go out without getting heatstroke!!!!!!! It was a horrible summer.

Last year my doctor said my vitamen D was low. I was really shocked. I don’t hide from the sun like my mom. I don’t bake either though.

nrhatch - November 6, 2010

I’m with you . . . definitely a beach baby!

We don’t need much sunlight to produce vitamin D ~ 10-15 minutes every other day.

But the sun improves our mood in other ways. I try to get outdoors several times a day and soak it all in.

7. SidevieW - April 26, 2013

Interesting. I had no idea how deficient I am in shitake mushrooms, orange juice and egg yolks!

nrhatch - April 26, 2013

Imagine all the calories required to ingest that many mushroom omelettes. 😯

SidevieW - April 26, 2013

GROAN though I did have a mushroom omlette for breakfast today at a company do.

nrhatch - April 26, 2013

Make mine C~H~E~E~S~E! :mrgreen:

SidevieW - April 26, 2013


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