My recent guest contribution to HerbalGram (American Botanical Council), “Commercial Labeling of Medicinal Mushroom Products”, reveals how U.S. myceliated grain products are being sold as “mushroom”. These grainy products are not mushrooms, but actually a food product called Tempeh, yet they are being sold as mushroom supplements.
About Jeff Chilton
Jeff Chilton has been in the mushroom industry for over 40 years, is the co-author of The Mushroom Cultivator, and is President of NAMMEX, a company specializing in the production of medicinal mushroom products for the Nutraceutical, Functional Food and Nutritional Supplement Industry.
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What is the cost of growing mushrooms in North America and selling them as health product? A prime example is the shiitake mushroom, since this is a major mushroom with many local growers, making it readily available on the fresh market in North America. Shiitake producers can provide a good example for our investigation of […]
This is a very important question to ask since there are many aspects of mushroom production that need to be properly understood in order to make educated decisions about a specific mushroom product.
Jeff appeared on medicinal mushrooms and product quality. Watch the full conversation below with Jeff and Dave.
1. Is the product made from mushrooms or mycelium? Even though the label may say “mushroom”, you need to look at the Supplement Facts panel. For example, does it say Reishi mushroom? Reishi mushroom mycelium? Or Reishi mycelium? Some products will list the latin name, Ganoderma lucidum, without mentioning mushroom or mycelium. Honest companies will […]
With over forty years in the mushroom industry, Jeff Chilton knows the science of mushrooms. In fact, the Nammex founder helped pioneer the now rapidly expanding market for medicinal mushrooms. But Mr. Chilton is concerned that the common practice of growing mycelium on a grain medium – a methodology which Jeff helped popularize in the […]