Do you know that “Technically Mushrooms aren’t even plants”. They are categorized into special type of fungus. This might not be liked by those who eat mushrooms but this is true. This notion of mushroom being fungus puts some people off. A Mushroom is neither a fruit nor a vegetable but it is still considered eatable because of its unique health related nutritional values that we are going to discuss in this post. So all those who eat mushroom don not stop eating it just because it is a fungus, but eat it because it can keep you healthy and of course it is tasty.
They are often grouped with vegetables since they are not that good in taste when eaten raw. Mushrooms are combination of healthy nutritional attributes found commonly in meat, beans and grains.
They contain many important nutrients among which are selenium, potassium (8%), riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin D, few to be mentioned.
- Vitamins and Minerals
Crimini mushrooms are among the only natural food sources of vitamin D, and mushrooms are one of the few foods that contain germanium, a trace mineral that helps your body use oxygen efficiently and prevents against damaging effects of free radicals.
Mushrooms are low in calories so no doubt can be a part of the people who prefer to eat low calorie food and tend to stay slim or trying to lose some weightJ.
They are fat-free, cholesterol-free so really good for heart patients also.
- Benefits of Antioxidants
Mushrooms are also quite good at neutralizing free radicals, thus healthy for your body. To your surprise I should tell you that when it comes to antioxidant power, the plain old white button mushroom beats out even colorful veggies like green peppers, carrots, green beans, and tomatoes!
I was surprised as well on learning this great health fact. Another great part of mushrooms is that, they are capable to retain their antioxidants property when cooked, which means that their antioxidants are not deactivated or destroyed by cooking.
Mentioning again in this post that “don’t mind the fungus part because mushrooms are a great addition to a healthy diet—not to mention totally delicious.”
- Immunity Booster food
They help to strengthen the immune system, as well. A very important health fact is “Beta-glucan in mushrooms provides protection against colds, flu and other viruses.”
Mushrooms are a good source of iron, and over 90% of the nutritive iron value can be absorbed by the body, which promotes the formation of red blood cells and keeps people healthy and functioning at their full potential.
Another great fact that you can explore about mushroom is “The immune boosting compounds in mushrooms don’t appear to be affected by drying so you can get the same benefit from dried and powdered mushrooms as you do from fresh.”
- Contains Fiber
Mushrooms are a good source of chitin and beta-glucan, fibers that lower cholesterol and improve cardiovascular health.
- Helps in Cancer Prevention
White button mushrooms, such as crimini, commonly found in grocery stores and salad bars, help remove excess estrogen from circulation, making them helpful for preventing breast cancer.
- Helps in Diabetes:
Mushrooms are an ideal low-energy diet for diabetics. They have no fats, no cholesterol, very low levels of carbohydrates, high protein content, and a wealth of vitamins and minerals. Moreover, they contain natural insulin and enzymes which help the breaking down of sugar or starch in food.
They are also known to contain certain compounds which help proper functioning of the liver, pancreas and other endocrine glands, thereby promoting the formation of insulin and its proper regulation throughout the body. Diabetics often suffer from infections, particularly in their limbs, which tend to continue for long periods of time.
- Help in Weight Loss:
Do you know that most fat are burnt to digest proteins which are found in our food. Also this is more seen if the food protein is accompanied by very low carbohydrate count and good amount of fibre.
This is the mushroom recipe. So you need not have to worry about weight when you are eating mushroom. But yes if you are looking for weight gain then stop eating mushroom.
Due to their nutrient density, they actually rank higher than most fruits and vegetables, and some researchers say that mushrooms are one of the rare foods that people can eat as often as possible, with no side effects.
Words of Caution: On a much more serious note, mushrooms can be very dangerous! Most species of mushrooms are not edible, are highly poisonous and look strikingly similar to their edible counterparts. Don’t ever try picking mushrooms for consumption from the woods unless you have been trained to identify them very well. Mushrooms have the unique ability to absorb the material that they grow on, either good or bad. This quality is what gives mushrooms so much of their beneficial power, but also their dangerous aspects. Many mushrooms, when picked in the wild, contain heavy metals, which can be very toxic, as well as air and water pollutants.
Enjoy this great food but with proper knowledge.
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