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UV Light Makes Mushrooms Rich in Vitamin D

Scientists use ultraviolet light on mushrooms to increase their vitamin D levels. Originally published:  Dec 26 2013 - 6:30pm By:  Karin Heineman, ISTV Executive Producer The dog days of summer are a distant memory and so are the long bright sunny days. But for many people, sunlight is an essential source of vitamin D. The human body needs vitamin D to maintain bone health and helps regulate the immune system. The ultraviolet light in sunlight actually converts cholesterol in your skin into vitamin D. The vitamin is also found in foods like fatty fish and fortified cereals, milk and orange juice. But since many people do not get enough vitamin D through their diet alone, the dark winter months can leave people deficient in the vitamin. But now, food scientists are giving mushrooms a vitamin D boost with ultraviolet light. “The exciting thing I think is how rapidly we can take a mushroom that has no vitamin D in it whatsoever, and in less than one second we can increase the vitamin D …