A-Z of super foods: Mushrooms

A-Z of super foods: Mushrooms

Whether it’s a Chanterelle, shitake, chestnut or the humble button, mushrooms are pretty marvellous.

Not only do they taste great simply on toast, as an accompaniment to meat dishes in a sauce, as a vegetarian main such as risotto or stuffed cheesy mushrooms, they also boast a whole host of medicinal properties and immune boosting powers. They are widely believed to help control blood pressure and are also said to lower cholesterol. Rich in the antioxidant ergothioneine, this has been shown to protect cells from abnormal growth and replication. This could reduce the risk of cancer.

Nutrients not found in vegetables are present in mushrooms, including riboflavin, biotin, copper, selenium and chromium. Those mushrooms which have been exposed to sunlight will generate more vitamin D and they are low in calories which makes them perfect for a low-calorie meal.

Mushrooms are packed with flavor, with a meaty taste so they make a brilliant alternative to a meat dish for vegetarians and those looking to reduce their meat intake.

Mushroom eaters get higher levels of nutrients than non-mushroom eaters generally speaking, and mushrooms, frequently used in a lot of oriental cooking, are often teamed with other vegetables in dishes such as stir-fries, so create healthy and nutritious meals and help with making better food choices.

Cheap to buy and readily available from supermarkets they are a year-round superfood which tastes great, and does your immune system the power of good.

 


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Laura Briggs

Laura loves running, Pilates and Yoga, and is forever trying to find the time to fit these activities into her life around a busy family. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.

Comments

Emma C.
3 November 2015

Emma C.

I never used to think mushrooms were good for you. They look pretty unhealthy, to be honest, all brown or grey. It's surprising to think they are so healthy.

Trevor D.
31 October 2015

Trevor D.

creamy mushroom sauce on pasta - delicious! I would also love to pick the wild ones but you REALLY need to know what you are doing and I'm not prepared to risk it.

Mike D.
31 October 2015

Mike D.

You can also pick your own mushrooms this time of year which is both organic and free! There are lots in our local fields. Most species are harmless but obviously you need to look in a book and properly identify them.

craig t.
31 October 2015

craig t.

I have mushrooms most mornings in a paleo 'stir fry' along with kale, sweet potato etc. Nice to know they are so good for you.

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