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Friday, June 8, 2012

Four Healthy Benefits of Mushrooms

Friday, June 8, 2012 | 3:56 PM Posted by Northeastern Dining , , , , 1 comment
Mushrooms range in flavor from earthy to fruity and are a great substitute for meat in vegetarian dishes. They are also a very versatile ingredient and taste great grilled, sautéed, or in soups. Not only do mushrooms taste great but they are also loaded with healthy nutrients. Mushrooms are often classified as a vegetable or an herb but they are actually fungi and contain many of the same beneficial nutrients typically found in vegetables. Here are four quick facts about the benefits of eating America's favorite fungus:
  1. Mushrooms are an excellent source of B vitamins, selenium, and potassium. These important vitamins and minerals help to break down proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.
  2. Mushrooms protect cells from damage that might lead to heart disease and high blood pressure.
  3. Mushrooms are one of the lone plant sources of vitamin D, a vitamin that contributes to bone health, building your immune system, and regulating cell growth.
  4. Mushrooms are a low calorie food because they are made up of 90% water. They are also fat-free, cholesterol-free, low in sodium, and full of fiber.
Many supermarket shoppers are familiar with the ubiquitous white, or agaricus, mushroom but mushrooms are also available in many different varieties. Check out the picture below for some interesting tidbits about several of the most popular mushrooms:

Source: Compass Group, June 2012 Superfood

1 comment:

  1. You know, aside from the health benefits we can get from mushrooms, I think its main attraction to people is being fat-free. All mushrooms share certain characteristics that help you burn fat, which make them a good food alternative if you’re on a diet, or if you’re simply a health buff. Mushrooms are just so magical, fairytale or real life.

    Mack Shepperson