Friday Q&A with Julie Daniluk – Food in Spotlight – Shiitake Mushroom

Julie Daniluk – TV Host & Nutritionist (picture credit –

Blog Post Introduction: After reading Julie Daniluk’s recipes, Marcie Mom discovered that some readily available foods in Singapore are of high nutritional value but we may not have thought of giving them to our kids! Thus, Marcie Mom catches up with Julie to find out the nutritional benefits of these foods and knowing how nutritious they are will certainly motivate us to cook for our kids!

More on Julie Daniluk – Julie Daniluk, TV Host and Nutritionist, hosts Healthy Gourmet (OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network) and is a health expert for the Marilyn Dennis Show (CTV). She has also appeared on numerous TV and radio shows including The Dr Oz Show, CTV’s Breakfast TV and Wylde on Health (CP24). Her book, Meals that Heal Inflammation features a practical nutrition guide, menu plan and 130 easy and delicious recipes.

Thank you Julie for taking time to explain the nutritional benefits of these foods. I’m so excited to learn about them and to feed my eczema toddler healthy!

Question: What are the (i) nutritional benefits of Shiitake Mushroom, (ii) how much can a child take, (iii) is there significant loss in nutrients if cooked and (iv) is it an anti-inflammatory food?

Julie: Shiitake mushroom is a tasty and nutritious fungi, that has been studied and also associated with protecting our body against toxins, in particular our liver. Other benefits include:

  1. Protecting against flu – This is due to the compound known as Active Hexose Correlated Compound (AHCC) which can improve our immune response after exposure to flu virus.
  2. Protecting against adverse effects of cancer treatments – This is credited to polysaccharides which can reduce the immune-compromising effects associated with chemotherapy and radiation. Also helps improve liver function and recovery from treatment.
  3. Protecting against hypertension – The rich source of potassium in shiitake mushroom helps to regulate fluid and blood in our system.
  4. Protecting against high blood cholesterol – A compound eritadenine helps to lower blood cholesterol.
  5. Protecting against bacteria in contaminated food – This is credited to an active compound, lentinan, that has anti-bacterial properties against food-borne pathogens.
  6. Protecting against osteoporosis – This is due to its vitamin D, that reduces likelihood of osteoporosis and improves calcium absorption.
  7. Shiitake mushroom also has Vitamin B, iron, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, copper, zinc, protein and magnesium.

(ii) A child dosage of remedies is based on weight. If they weigh 40 pounds it would be a 1/3rd to what an adult would have.

(iii) In general, water soluble vitamins are lost in cooking but some fat soluble nutrients like pro-vitmain A is increased by cooking! Shiitake mushrooms should be cooked as they are easier to digest.

(iv) Shiitake mushrooms are certainly an anti-inflammatory food!

Marcie Mom: Thanks Julie, I have been cooking shiitake mushroom in chicken broth with celery for my toddler to scoop the chewy mushroom onto her wrap. She’s been having fun eating mushroom and kept thanking me for it! I’ve also found other mushroom recipes online:

Shiitake Mushroom Soup – by Julie Daniluk

Green Bean and Shiitake Mushroom Stir Fry – by Jaden Hair

Chicken Soup with Ginger and Shiitake Mushroom – by Simply Recipes


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