It recently occurred to me that German milk isn't fortified with vitamin D. Vitamin D isn't in a lot of foods, but you can get it from spending some time in the sun at the same times of day that you are normally told to avoid (due to skin damage/cancer risk), about 10am to 3pm. Luckily it only takes a bit of the sunlight, apparently, to trigger your body to make enough vitamin D, and you can avoid staying out too long and getting burned/damaged - even if you're lily-white like me. But what about cloudy days? How do Germans get enough vitamin D when the sun hasn't been out in a week? Do they just get extra when it IS sunny, to make up for it? (Vitamin D is stored in body fat and retrieved as needed from there.) Or is there fortified milk somewhere and I just haven't found it?
Germans are generally not into fortification, it seems. In addition to not having fortified milk, the only fortified cereals you can find are American brands. The other day I was snacking on a little bit of an American cereal in class (Toppas, which are the equivalent of Frosted Mini-Wheats) and a classmate asked me if I was still addicted to American food. I told her I was eating it because it was fortified with some things I have had trouble getting enough of in my diet. She made a horrible face at me and told me I could get it all from fruit. This after she had watched me eat bananas, watermelon, apples, carrots, and pineapples during class for the previous few days. I have trouble with iron, calcium, and magnesium - not with all the things you can get from fruit. However, you can get vitamin supplements in stores, so I guess Germans are not completely against unnatural sources of vitamins and minerals. It's better if it's in a pill than in cereal or milk?