Stuff those mushrooms, pile them high on a pizza or salad and load up a favorite Italian dish recipe with them for those flavorful mushrooms also contain a variety of health benefits. The wide variety of mushrooms available in the grocer’s produce section make adding mushrooms to many recipes a feasible and healthy option.
Mushrooms Contain Cancer Fighting Phytochemicals
Phytochemicals are chemical compounds which are naturally found in plants, including mushrooms. The phytochemicals found in mushrooms are cancer fighters and studies have found that eating mushrooms regularly can lower the risk of breast cancer and help prevent prostate cancer cells from multiplying.
Mushrooms Provide Hard-To-Get Nutrients
Need more potassium, copper, selenium and a host of other nutrient-rich minerals in a daily diet? Mushrooms can provide them. Portabella mushrooms provides all these hard-to-get nutrients and many minerals. A medium sized portabella mushroom provides as much potassium as a medium sized banana, one-third of the daily recommend amount of copper and almost one-fourth of recommended daily amount of selenium. Selenium is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the body against a wide range of diseases that are caused by cell damage.
Mushrooms Provide Meatless Protein
If meat is not a part of the daily diet, needed daily protein can be obtained through mushrooms. Mushrooms are not as high in protein as chicken, fish or beef, but mushrooms do provide an alternative means of meeting the recommended daily amount of protein in a diet.
Mushrooms Are Low In Calories
Mushrooms are naturally low in calories, high in fiber, fat free and cholesterol free and make great alternatives to ground beef in a variety of recipes. When substituting mushrooms for ground beef the overall recipe will be lower in calories. Plus mushrooms are also a filling source of fiber which helps stave off hunger pains for longer periods of time.
Mushrooms Retain Health Benefits When Cooked
Most vegetables (with the exception of tomatoes) lose some or all of their nutrient value when cooked. Mushrooms are exceptions to the rule just as tomatoes are. Mushrooms retain their health benefits when cooked. Grilled, baked, sautéed, stir-fried or microwaved mushrooms are as nutritious as raw mushrooms, just go easy on the cooking additives, like butter, to keep the cooked mushrooms low in calories.
Mushroom varieties differ in flavors; from smoky, to earthy, to meaty or fruity flavors and all edible mushrooms provide health benefits whether consumed raw or cooked.