A nutritionist wants Vitamin D supplements added to food to help cut the nation's rates of bowel cancer.
Lynn Ferguson, from Auckland University's Cancer Society Research Centre, said New Zealanders were staying out of the sun at higher rates than before, so another source of Vitamin D was required.
Professor Ferguson said too much Vitamin D could also have adverse effects, but supplements could help fight bowel disease.
"The American Institute of Cancer Research - a very conservative body - the one source of dietary supplementation that they're recommending (which) might be thought about as a cancer preventive is Vitamin D."
She said if the Government subsidised a programme of Vitamin D-fortified food, there would be fewer people in hospital with bowel diseases - which would reduce the strain on the health budget.