The Mushroom Council in the U.S. is making a $1.5 million investment in research to help broaden understanding of the food’s nutritional qualities and overall health benefits. In a two-year research initiative, the body has identified research priorities and has followed through with this grant support to several research areas.
These include - nutrimetabolomics (don’t ask Stalker what these are?) and markers of health promotion of mushrooms in healthy eating patterns; modeling the effects of substituting and/or adding a full serving of mushrooms to healthy eating patterns; insights into mushrooms’ relationship with cognitive health in older adults; study on mushrooms’ impact on brain health in animal modelling; investigating mushroom consumption and preference among pre-schoolers; analysis of mushrooms for bioactives/ergothioneine for inclusion in USDA database.
Since 2002, the council has conducted research that supports greater mushroom demand by discovering nutrient and health benefits of mushrooms.