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Vitamin D Fortified Mushrooms

Vitamin D Fortified Mushrooms

There are two ways to get vitamin D. You can sit in the sun (sans sunscreen for a few minutes) and soak up the UVB rays, which our skin cells use to make the vitamin. Or you can get it from food. Unfortunately, few foods are rich in D: fatty fish, such as mackerel, sardines and salmon; egg yolks; and D-fortified foods including milk and cereals. We can now add one more food “mushrooms” to the list of vitamin-D-rich foods.

“Mushrooms contain a compound called ergosterol that gets converted to vitamin D when exposed to UVB light,” explains Tara McHugh, Ph.D., research leader at the Western Regional Research Center of the Agricultural Research Service. This conversion is similar to the one that creates vitamin D in our skin. Mushrooms grow in the dark, so theoretically you could force them to make vitamin D by exposing them to sunlight, but it would take a long time. Instead a new technique exposes mushrooms to high-intensity artificial UV rays for a few minutes (think tanning bed).

McHugh helped to develop the process for Monterey Mushrooms, which launched its Sun Bella brand this fall. Dole Food Company, Inc. employs a similar method to create its vitamin-D-rich portobello mushrooms, which have been on the market since June. A single 3-ounce serving of Sun Bella or Dole mushrooms has 100 percent of the recommended daily intake for vitamin D.

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10:42AM PDT on May 3, 2013

Thank you.

3:33AM PDT on Mar 14, 2013

thanks for sharing

2:34AM PDT on Mar 14, 2013

thanks for sharing

2:16AM PDT on Mar 14, 2013


3:00PM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

if the chemical is in the mushroom, does this mean exposing the mushroom to sunlight after cutting it but before eating would increase its vit d level? i am really curious. i have a big sunny window. how long would i need to set mushrooms in the sun for immediate consumption for a significant increase? would raw versus cooked change the vit d level, as so many vits are destroyed in cooking. so many questions. interesting info. how do i use it?

1:38PM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

Thank you

10:33AM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

good to know

5:41AM PST on Feb 8, 2013

Thank you Mel, for Sharing this!

11:11PM PST on Feb 4, 2013

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1:35AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

Thank you :)

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