This is a sponsored post for Power of Mushrooms.
Are you one of the four million Australians who are vitamin D deficient?
With that being just under one in four adults in Australia, I’m going to bet some of you are. Hell, I bet I am.
Low vitamin D levels can leave you more at risk of risk of heart disease, Type II diabetes, hypertension, and colorectal cancer. Ouch.
Those of us in the lower states of Australia are less likely to receive our Vitamin D intake from the sun, particularly during winter, and therefore have to either get it through food or from supplements. Mushrooms are one of the best (and most delicious!) sources of vitamin D, and growers have just figured out a way to make them even more efficient in producing Vitamin D – where just three mushrooms will provide 100% of your daily requirement.
How, you ask? (I know, I did too!). Well, research has shown that mushrooms exposed to sunlight can naturally generate high levels of vitamin D. Mushroom farmers can now stimulate Vitamin D production in their crops just by putting them under a pulsed UV light for two seconds. Apparently, you can get a similar effect by leaving your mushrooms in the noonday sun for about an hour in winter, and only 10-15 minutes in summer – researchers at Sydney University confirmed that mushrooms placed in the sun in this way generated vitamin D levels in a similar way to humans.
This is crazy and amazing. Imagine how much vitamin D I could get sitting in the shade eating mushrooms! Add a book and a bottle of wine and that’s just about the best afternoon I could think of.
With all this talk of mushrooms, I had to make my favourite dish. Mushroom risotto is the first thing I will order off any menu ever, and for good reason. I can’t believe I used to hate them! Do you hate them? My mum does, and no amount of persuading her will do any good. But of course that just means MORE FOR ME. If you don’t hate them, you can get the specially-produced vitamin D mushrooms from major supermarkets, or you can chuck your own in the sun for a bit. Make this mushroom risotto and you have an easy, affordable way of upping your vitamin intake while also having a delicious dinner.
You can also find out more by downloading this super-helpful factsheet.
What’s your favourite mushroom dish?
You can also see my other mushroom recipe posts here: Mushrooms stuffed with rocket-walnut pesto, mushrooms stuffed with feta, lemon, and chili, mushrooms stuffed with sundried tomatoes and cream cheese, and roasted mushrooms with a mustard-cream sauce. Yum!