Can You Make Your Mushrooms Healthier by Doing This?

Playing Drs. Rx: Learn How to Properly Store Your Mushrooms

The Doctors are talking mushrooms 101! Plastic surgeon expert Dr. Andrew Ordon shares a trick to make your mushrooms last longer. Remove them from the packaging, where condensation can form under the plastic wrap, and put them into a brown paper bag. Store them in the refrigerator to keep those mushrooms firm and fresh.

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Mushrooms are a great source of vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium, and supports the immune system and muscle function. Recent statistics say that over 40% of the population is deficient and as a dermatologist expert Dr. Sonia Batra says it may partially be the fault of her profession since they advise people to avoid sun exposure without sunblock (and you can get Vitamin D from the sun). However, you can send your mushrooms out there instead!

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Even though most commercially sold mushrooms are grown in the dark, they still retain their ability to synthesize and make vitamin D if put in the sun. If you leave mushrooms out in the sun for 15 minutes, they can synthesize 200-800 IU vitamin D, which a BU study found to be just as much as a supplement!