Vitamin D deficiency is thought to be the most common nutritional and medical condition in the world today affecting more than 50% of the global population. This issue has sparked much interest in Australia considering that we have such abundant sunshine and Vitamin D is synthesised under the skin in the presence of sunlight. Our Slip, Slop, Slap campaign has fortunately made us very aware of the dangers of too much exposure to the sun but it has limited our ability to produce adequate Vitamin D. It is very difficult to get enough Vitamin D through diet alone and most dietary Vitamin D comes from table margarine, canned fish and eggs.
Enter the tricky little mushroom. Check out my friend and colleague Glenn Cardwell and Fast Ed of Better Homes and Gardens talking about the unique ability of mushrooms to sunbake and make their own Vitamin D here. They’re clever aren’t they?
Image courtesy of Bree Smith