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November is International Diabetes month

November 2015

Mushrooms can lower glucose levels

Every November Diabetes month is internationally observed to draw attention to diabetes and its effects on millions of people.


The US National Diabetes Education Program's (NDEP) 2015 theme Diabetes Education and Support: Everyone Has a Role. What's Yours? highlights the need for ongoing diabetes education and support among people with diabetes and those who care for them.

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Mushrooms are vit D factories

July 2015

If you live in a country with abundant sunshine, like South Africa, you may believe that your body has sufficient Vitamin D levels. However, if you spend most of your daytime indoors and use sun protecion, you may need to look for other sources of vitamin D.

Others who may need extra vitamin D include people with dark skin (the more skin pigment someone has, the less efficiently the body can make vitamin D); people with certain conditions (such as liver diseases, cystic fibrosis and Crohn’s disease); and people who are obese or have had gastric bypass surgery.

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Mushroom blend trend


Today’s increasingly health conscious consumer is looking for low calorie, low sodium and low cholesterol options. Mushrooms not only fit right in but their other nutritional benefits such as antioxidants, vitamins and minerals make them an even more  attractive healthy lifestyle option.


Replacing 50% of your animal protein with mushrooms make for healthier dishes with a lower the fat content and fewer calories.

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Flu-fighting fungi


We all know that viruses spread and affect people far more severely in the winter but what we don't always realize is that there are many things we can do to improve our ability to fight the impact of these viruses. This is one of the key findings of Pennsylvania State University scientists.  Reporting at the American Chemical Society's annual conference, the researchers said they discovered that mushrooms are richer in the immune-boosting antioxidant Ergothioneine than any other food. Even white button mushrooms - the most commonly eaten mushroom in the west - contain 12 times more of the antioxidant than wheat germ and four times more than chicken liver (the next richest food sources). Brown mushrooms contain even more.

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Mushrooms health facts


The South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association (SAMFA) represents the interests of commercial mushroom farmers and all the information supplied below relates to Agaricus bisporus (white button mushrooms) and Agaricus bisporus syn. A. brunnescens (brown mushrooms: Portabella and Portabellini) the most common commercially grown mushrooms in the west and 99% of the South African mushroom industry.


One serving of mushrooms (100g) is the equivalent of (4-5 button mushrooms/1 big flat brown mushroom)

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