"More nutritious" mushrooms launched

Tesco is this week launching what it says it the UK's first ever range of mushrooms grown in extra light to naturally enhance their vitamin D levels.

Image: Tesco
Image: Tesco

Mushrooms contain a substance called ergosterol which allows them to naturally make vitamin D when they are exposed to light.

Tesco mushroom expert Marek Kutera said: "As we head into the winter months, we know it can be increasingly difficult to meet the daily recommendations for Vitamin D from a natural source.

"These delicious mushrooms will make it easier than ever for shoppers to get all of their allowance from a key cooking staple. Just one portion- around four Chestnut or one to two Portobello mushrooms – in your spaghetti bolognese is all it takes."

Recent advice from Public Health England states: "In spring and summer, the majority of the population get enough vitamin D through sunlight on the skin and a healthy, balanced diet. During autumn and winter, everyone will need to rely on dietary sources of vitamin D.'

The Chestnut, Baby Chestnut and Portobello mushrooms are grown exclusively for Tesco by Monaghan Mushrooms in the Republic of Ireland.


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