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Mushrooms: A Vitamin D Powerhouse in the Produce Aisle

June 21, 2016

With vitamin D containing so many health benefits, itโ€™s no surprise that weโ€™re always on the hunt for easy ways to increase our intake without basking in the sun. Fortunately, thereโ€™s an easy (and delicious!) way to get the recommended daily amount.

While few foods naturally contain vitamin D, mushrooms are unique for being one of the only sources in the produce aisle.1 All mushrooms contain some vitamin D, but did you know that growers can increase the amount by exposing them to ultraviolet light? Thanks to ergosterol โ€“ a sterol found in cell membranes of fungi, mushrooms are able to convert ultraviolet light into vitamin D.2

Retailers are now offering a variety of light-exposed mushrooms, making it easier than ever to get your hands on a delicious source of vitamin D. Just one serving of vitamin D-enhanced mushrooms (about five white button mushrooms or one portabella) provides more than half of the recommended daily amount!3

For an easy and delicious summertime meal, try out our Mushroom and Pea Gazpacho Soup or Surf & Turf Shrimp Portabella Fajitas.

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