Mushrooms -- eat 'em every day!

Mushrooms -- eat 'em every day!

We think of bright-colored vegetables as the ones with the most robust nutrition. That’s usually true. But, don't let the delicate, pale mushroom fool you. They pack a big dose of what you need to build immunity and prevent illness. Here are a few things mushrooms can do for you:

Decrease risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease

Mushroom are full of fiber. For example, one cup of grilled portabella mushrooms has about 3 grams of fiber and 36 calories.  The fiber is the key in reducing the risk of heart disease and lowering glucose levels. And the beta-glucans in the fibers of mushrooms also improve insulin resistance.

Obesity too is affected by eating mushrooms since the fiber fills you up for fewer calories. And fiber also lowers the risk of intestinal problems as well as regulating blood pressure and lowering cholesterol. In addition, mushrooms contain potassium and vitamin C that contribute to cardiovascular health. Did I say they pack a punch?  Yes, they do.

Help prevent cancer

Mushrooms are a good source of antioxidants which rid us of free radicals that can lead to cancer. This is another good reason to eat them every day.  And they contain selenium (not present in most fruits and vegetables) which detoxifies some cancer-causing compounds in the body and prevents inflammation, as well as decreasing tumor growth.

Help promote a healthy complexion and hair, and they increase energy

Mushrooms are rich in B vitamins as well as being the only dietary source of vitamin D in the vegan diet.

Summary

There are many ways to incorporate mushrooms into your diet. Generally, it is good to sauté them before eating as some studies have shown that it increases the antioxidant effects. Watch for a great mushroom recipe in our next Oh Yum! post.  And other recipes in the weeks to come. Eating healthy never tasted so good.

Oh Yum: Vegan White Bean and Mushroom Crostini

Oh Yum: Vegan White Bean and Mushroom Crostini

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