Study on nutrient status of mushrooms [pleurotus citrinopileatus, pleurotus diamor, pleurotus evous (cultivation), agaricus bisporous, calocybe indica]

Sudharameshwari K and VIjayalakshmi N

India is the second most populous country of the world. Increase in population is creating an alarming situation in the food problem in India. Malnutrition in terms of protein deficiency is one of the major factors responsible for high mortality and morbidity in this country and other developing countries of the world. Animal protein [meat] is beyond the reach of Low income group which forms a large proportion of our population. Mushrooms and yeast foods are frequently mentioned as alternative sources of food. Mushrooms are an exotic food source of vegetarian protein. Mushrooms also do environmental services that are it degrading waste organic material to prevent pollution and also spend compost as soil conditions and fertilizer. Nutritional status of selected five varieties [Pleurotus citrinopileatus, Pleurotus diamor, Pleurotus evous (Cultivation), Agaricus bisporous, Calocybe indica (commercially purchased)] of mushroom with respect to carbohydrates, protein, crudefibre, iron, calcium, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2 and Vitamin C were analyzed.

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