The Amazing Nutritional Mushroom

Many people think that mushrooms are vegetables when actually they are fungi. Even so, they offer us many health benefits when we eat them raw or cooked.
Even though it has been said that more colorful foods have more health benefits, white mushrooms are not colorful but have plenty of health benefits.
Here are some known health benefits of eating mushrooms:
• Fighting Cancer. Mushrooms have as many healthful antioxidants as tomatoes, green peppers, red peppers, carrots, zucchini, green beans, and pumpkins. They are also high in selenium, which isn’t found in many fruits and vegetables. Mushrooms help detoxify some compounds that cause cancer in the body. The selenium slows the growth rate of tumors and fights inflammation. The vitamin D in mushrooms also slows the growth of cancer cells. Mushrooms are high in folate, which participate in the synthesis and repair of DNA, thereby decreasing cancer caused by DNA mutations.
• Diabetes. Type 1 diabetics who eat foods high in fiber will have lower blood sugar levels and the same is true of type 2 diabetics. A cup of grilled portabella mushrooms and a cup of shiitake mushrooms have about 3 grams of fiber per serving.
• Heart health. The potassium, vitamin C, and fiber in mushrooms will help the heart stay healthy. The sodium and potassium together reduce blood pressure, and therefore reduce heart disease risk. Mushrooms are high in potassium and low in sodium. This lowers the blood pressure and lessens the risk of heart disease. Mushrooms contain beta-glucans that will lower the cholesterol level by about five percent.
• Immune system. The selenium in mushrooms enhances the immunity of the body by allowing killer T cells to thrive. The beta-glucan in mushrooms help the immune system kills off cancer cells and keeps tumors from developing.
• Weight loss. Mushrooms help lower your weight by decreasing hunger. They fill you up so you eat less and lose weight. The chitin and beta-glucans in mushrooms make you feel full so your appetite drops. This leads to a natural weight loss. Add to that the fact that mushrooms are low in calories and you have a great food for weight loss.
Nutrition In Mushrooms
While there are many different types of mushrooms, all of them have about the same nutrients in them.
Mushrooms are good for you because they have low levels of cholesterol, fat, sodium, and calories. They are also very nutritious because they keep away chronic disease because they contain a great deal of dietary fiber (beta-glucan and chitin) as well as antioxidants.
1 Cup Of Mushrooms
• Calories: 21
• Total Fat: 0.3 g
• Sodium: 5 mg
• Potassium: 273 mg
• Total Carbohydrate: 3.7 g
• Dietary fiber: 2.1 g
• Sugar: 0.6 g
• Protein: 0.8 g
• Iron: 10% RDA
• Vitamin D: 28% RDA
• Magnesium: 1% RDA
• Mushrooms are the only vegan source of vitamin D among all foods that aren’t fortified.
• There are many minerals in mushrooms, including phosphorus, iron, copper, potassium, and selenium.
• The beta-glucans in mushrooms are high in fiber and are known to help insulin resistance as well as the cholesterol levels in blood. They lessen the chances of becoming obese and increase the immune system.
• Mushrooms also contain choline, which helps in sleep, memory, learning, and muscle movement. Choline helps build cell membranes and helps absorb fat, reduces chronic inflammation, and helps nerve impulse transmission.
How To Eat More Mushrooms
When you purchase mushrooms at the store, make sure they are dry, firm, and not bruised. Avoid mushrooms that are withered or slimy. Don’t wash mushrooms until you use them and keep them in the fridge until they are ready to be used.
Here are some ways to eat more mushrooms:
• Add raw mushrooms (sliced) to any type of salad
• Sauté mushrooms with onions as a side dish
• Stuff portabella mushrooms with spinach and bake them for an appetizer
• Grill portabella mushrooms for use in wraps or on sandwiches
• Put sliced mushrooms mixed with eggs, quiche, or omelets
• The possibilities are endless and there are many mushroom recipes, give them a try!\\\"\\\"

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