Although new benefits are being discovered and studied every day, vitamin D is well known as an essential component of bone health. By helping the body to absorb calcium, vitamin D may reduce the risk of osteoporosis and related bone fractures.
Vitamin D is produced by our bodies when our bare skin is exposed to sunlight. Today, that’s not always possible. With modern indoor lifestyles, sunblock and climates that require skin to be covered up most of the year, it’s not always possible to get enough vitamin D from sunshine exposure alone.
Mushrooms specially labeled as being high in vitamin D are the only food in the produce aisle that may help you to boost this important vitamin in your diet.
Mushrooms grown in the sun can convert ergosterol, a natural component of fungi, into vitamin D, creating a vegan dietary source of this healthy bone building block.
Most mushrooms are grown indoors, which does not provide the right conditions to make them a significant source of the nutrient. So Monterey Mushrooms teamed up with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to replicate vitamin D-rich sunlight indoors for a much higher concentration of the vitamin than is normally found in mushrooms.
Together, they created a full line of mushrooms that produce and retain 50% of the recommended daily value of vitamin D per serving, even after cooking!
Look for our special vitamin D enhanced label, found on select packages of Monterey Mushrooms’ white buttons, baby bellas and portabella mushroom caps, available at grocery stores from coast to coast.
To find Monterey’s vitamin D enhanced mushrooms near you, or for more information, please contact us here.