Health Benefits of Mushrooms

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mushroomsI have always cooked with mushrooms a lot just because I like their flavor.  They are good in salads and in a lot of one pot meals because of the flavor they add.  I especially like them in beef stew because you can use less meat, but the stew is still hearty and tasty.    But I didn’t know that they were so nutritious.

To start off with, it is very important that you realize not all mushrooms are edible.  Always get your mushroom from a reliable source.  It is suggested you don’t go out and pick them yourselves or buy them off of a pickup truck parked on the side of a road.  There are 38,000 varieties, but only 3,000 are edible.

Here are some of the benefits of eating mushrooms:

  • They are good for the heart because they help reduce blood pressure and cholesterol
  • They block the growth of cancer cells
  • They boost the immune system
  • They are low in sodium, calories, and fat
  • They reduce insulin resistance
  • They have anti-inflammatory properties

Can you believe just one mushroom can do all that?

Because there are such a wide variety of mushrooms, it is hard to say all mushroom have the same nutritional value.  This discussion refers to the common button mushroom’s nutritional value, but you may want to do some research and compare it with the shitake and crimini mushrooms.  These are the three most popular mushrooms that are easily available in most grocery stores. They are all close in nutritional value, but some have more properties than others.

Mushrooms are an excellent source of many of the B vitamins.  They are valued for being high in potassium.  One mushroom can contain as much potassium as one banana. This helps in preventing strokes.  They are also a source of copper, iron, magnesium, zinc, selenium, and phosphorous.  They also contain fiber.

stuffed msuhroomsAs you can see, it would be beneficial to add mushrooms to your diet. There are many ways to add them into your diet so you can have some form of mushroom every day if that is your goal. A simple and easy way to have a sample of mushroom often is in a side dish of mushroom soup.  This makes a big pot of soup so there will be plenty of leftovers.  Also don’t forget that favorite appetizer–stuffed mushrooms!

Let us know if you make this soup and how it turned out.  We would love to hear from you in the comment box below.  Also, SHARE this recipe with someone that likes mushrooms and is interested in eating healthy.

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