April 20, 2006
UV Light Turns Mushrooms Into Vitamin D Source

Robert Beelman at Penn State and some Finnish scientists have discovered that UV light shined on mushrooms is an easy way to boost dietary vitamin D.

The ongoing work, so far, has found that a single serving of white button mushrooms the most commonly sold mushroom will contain 869 percent the daily value of vitamin D once exposed to just five minutes of UV light after being harvested. If confirmed, that would be more than what's in 2 tablespoons of cod liver oil, one of the richest and most detested natural sources of the vitamin, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Details were being presented this week at the FDA's annual science forum. The FDA proposed the research, which was funded by the Mushroom Council, as the agency looks for ways to increase the amounts of vitamin D consumed by Americans.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2006 April 20 10:29 PM  Aging Diet Studies

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