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shiitake nutritional benefits

Shiitake Nutritional Benefits

Shiitake (Lentinula edodes)

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shiitake tree (35K)Shiitake have been grown on logs in temperate mountainous regions for many years. The first record of cultivating shiitake was during the Sung Dynasty, by Wu Sang Kwuang in China [1].


Shiitake have a protein content of 33%, one of the highest of all mushrooms.


Shiitake Nutritional Content, from American Health Magazine, May 1987:

100 grams (about 3 ½ oz) shiitake contains

39 calories
35% protein
Less than 1 gram of fat
7.3 g carbohydrate
0.8 g crude fiber
0.8 mg thiamine (53% mdr)
0.5 mg riboflavin (29% mdr)
5.5 mg niacin (27.5%)
Rich in Vitamin D2 (200iu. 50%)
B2 and B12