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Back from Boston, Feeling Better than Ever

Last week the Mushroom Council packed its bags and headed to “Beantown” along with nearly 10,000 nutrition professionals for the American Dietetic Association’s annual Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo.

Our good friend and vitamin D expert Dr. Michael Holick was the speaker of a session, “Vitamin D: Connecting Science to Health,” in which he discussed the importance of vitamin D, its impact on our health and solutions for maintaining healthy D levels. Mushrooms are on his list of recommended foods since they’re one of the few dietary sources of vitamin D (and the only natural source for vegans!). Following the session, we had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Holick at the Mushroom Council booth to greet attendees and distribute copies of his book, “The Vitamin D Solution.”

In addition to our D-lightful day with Dr. Holick, we continued to discuss the Council’s commitment to breast cancer research. For every attendee who scanned his or her badge at the booth, the Council increased its contribution to the breast cancer research taking place at City of Hope. We tip our caps in appreciation for the hundreds of attendees who helped build our “Wall of Pink” by signing tributes to loved ones who have faced the disease. We were moved by their messages and proud to watch the wall turn pink throughout the event. Check out some of the messages in the photos below.

Being the fun-guys that we are (get it, fungis?!), we toured the city for the best mushroom recipes in town. One of our favorite dishes was this grilled sashimi of chanterelle and shiitake mushrooms at O Ya. We snapped a quick pic on blackberry, but the photo doesn’t do the flavor of these mushrooms justice. You’ll have to taste it for yourselves next time you visit. Boston was incredible and we were lucky to be joined by some of our favorite food and nutrition friends. Can’t wait to catch you all in San Diego for FNCE 2011!

The ABC’s of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is THE talk around town, which you may have noticed just from reading some of our recent mushroom news posts. As mushrooms are one of the only food sources of the “sunshine vitamin,” not to mention the only source in the produce aisle, we’ve invited leading global vitamin D expert Dr. Michael F. Holick to tell us what we need to know about vitamin D.

Q: Why is vitamin D so important?

A: “The benefits of vitamin D are varied and profound. Emerging research suggests vitamin D may be as vital to your heart and brain health as it is to bone health. Increasing levels of vitamin D may also play a positive role on immunity and a remarkable number of daily ailments.”

Q: How can we get more vitamin D?

A: “I recommend a combination of food, sun exposure and supplements for my patients. Research suggests adults should try to aim for about 2,000 IUs daily. I personally take 3,000 IUs daily from supplements and food sources combined. I also expose my arms and legs to natural sunlight for about 10-15 minutes, two to three times a week, while cycling or playing tennis followed by good sun protection. I always wear sunscreen on my face since it is the most sun-exposed and is only nine percent of your body surface.”

Q: What are the best foods to eat for vitamin D?

A: “Mushrooms happen to be one of the top food sources of vitamin D. Mushrooms are unique because they’re the only item in the produce aisle to contain vitamin D. Did you know that mushrooms are actually like humans as they can synthesize vitamin D when exposed to light? You can also find vitamin D in wild-caught salmon and fortified foods like orange juice, milk, cereal or yogurt.”

If you’re looking to add more vitamin D to your plate, check out these D-lightful recipes: Baja Salmon with Mushrooms or a Portabella Omelet Topped with Portabella Bacon. If you’re interested in more information about mushrooms and vitamin D, check out the vitamin D download. A special thanks to Dr. Holick for his special guest appearance on the Mushroom Channel. To learn more about vitamin D and Dr. Holick’s latest book, check out The Vitamin D Solution at

Weekly Links: Mushroom News from Around the Web

The New Superfoods Fitness highlights the common white button mushroom as one of ten lesser-known superfoods that will keep your body healthy and slim – without costing you a fortune at the grocery store. Swapping meat for mushrooms is highlighted as a successful weight-loss strategy, and the most common of all ‘shrooms is recognized as one of few natural food sources of vitamin D.

Vitamin D levels dip San Francisco Chronicle interviews the world’s leading vitamin D expert, Dr. Michael Holick. Lack of vitamin D can lead to heart disease, cancer, depression, insomnia, diabetes and chronic pain so be sure to get adequate amounts of this crucial nutrient. Adequate daily vitamin D intake may be hard to come by as this nutrient is often not found naturally in foods. But, rest assured that all mushroom contain D – they’re the only source in the produce section.

The Trading Post 2009’s Taste of Home “Mushrooms: Every Day, Every Way” recipe contest winner is highlighted. Have you entered this year’s contest? If you’re lacking inspiration, give this winning portabella burger recipe a try.

EAT YOUR VEGGIES: Adding vegetarian dishes to the menu will benefit your health Vegetarian diets are becoming more common these days. They’re not simple though, without a little planning the risk of depriving yourself of key nutrients is high. But if done right, a vegetarian diet can be satisfying and good for your waistline. A tip the Bradenton Herald offers readers is one of our weight-loss favorites – substitute meat with mushrooms. Studies have shown that substituting four ounces of mushrooms for four ounces of meat once a week for one year could save more than 18,000 calories and nearly 3,000 grams of fat – that adds up to more than five pounds!

Chef’s kitchen: Try an Herbed Mushroom Tulip The Olympian’s resident chef admits she used to avoid mushrooms at all costs but now she just can’t get enough. Chocked full of selenium, B vitamins and fiber, mushrooms are not only a nutritional powerhouse but they also add flavor to everyday meals.

Mushroom has a lot to offer Our friends up in Canada agree that there’s no reason to not love mushrooms. No fat, hardly any carbs or calories, low in sodium – mushrooms lack all the bad stuff and provide nothing but the good: vitamins, minerals, fiber and flavor.