Go Organic, Grow Your Own Food, Super Foods Mushrooms – Health Benefits, Nutrition and How to Use Mushrooms – Health Benefits, Nutrition and How to Use Is Mushroom a vegetable? If the answer is ‘No’, then are you surprised? The truth is that Mushrooms are fungi. This is technically true as it does not have leaves, seeds, roots or any other parts as the ordinary plants. They don’t need light to grow too! Facts apart, whether mushrooms are vegetables or not, they have lots of nutritional value and people enjoy lots of health benefits when they include mushrooms as part of their diet. There are so many types of mushrooms and one need to know how to identify the edible ones and the non-edible (sometimes fatal) ones. If you are a mushroom lover, then you lucky to get nutrients like niacin, riboflavin, selenium, copper, calcium and vitamin D from it. How Healthy are Mushrooms? In general, Mushrooms are good in boosting the immune system of our body, in weight management, improves the nutrition as it contains essential nutrients and helps in destroying some viruses, bacteria and yeast. It has also been found to be effective in destroying certain types of cancer cells. Boosting the Immune System: Mushrooms helps in strengthening the immune system as they contain molecules like alpha and beta-glucans that have positive effects on the immune system. There are also other substances like proteins and peptides that are beneficial for the body’s immunity. Weight Management: White Button Mushrooms are specifically helpful in managing weight when taken instead of red meat. Fights Cancer: There are some unique antioxidants present in certain types of mushrooms and they are powerful antioxidants and fights against oxidative damage. Great Source of Nutrients: Mushrooms are great sources of protein, vitamins, calcium, minerals and fibre. There are also studies that suggest that mushrooms help in protecting the heart by maintaining proper blood circulation and blood pressure. Nutritional Value One cannot underestimate mushrooms by its look. The nutritional value of mushrooms is much greater. Mushrooms contain essential minerals and vitamins, are high in protein and fibre but much lower in terms of calories. That’s great news, isn’t it? Minerals Copper: Copper is a mineral found in Mushrooms and helps the body by absorbing oxygen and production of RBCs. Selenium: Selenium found in Mushrooms prevents cell damage and also helps in reducing the risk of cancer. Potassium: Potassium is essential for regulating the blood pressure. This mineral is found in abundance in mushrooms. Other minerals like Zinc, Phosphorus and Magnesium are found in Mushrooms. Vitamins Vitamin B: Vitamins like Niacin and other B vitamins are found more in animal food than in plants. But as Mushroom has Vitamin B, it is a good option for vegetarians. Vitamin D: This vitamin, responsible for the absorption of Calcium is found in Mushrooms. Protein If you are looking for food that is rich in protein, then mushrooms are the best options for vegetarians. Mushrooms are high in protein and can be included as part of one’s diet. Fibre Foods high in fibres are important to keep our digestive system healthy and mushrooms are the best choice. Using Mushrooms Cleaning Mushrooms As mushrooms grow close to the ground, they might be dirty. So, proper cleaning is required. Wipe the mushrooms with a towel or brush, one at a time. Mushrooms can be rinsed just before they are cooked but not for a long time as they absorb water like sponge. Cooking Mushrooms Though mushrooms can be eaten raw, it is better to grill them or microwave them for a very short time before consuming them. It is better not to boil or fry them as it tends to decrease their nutritional benefits. Storing Mushrooms It is better to store mushrooms in a paper bag or in an open container in a refrigerator. Conclusion Not all mushrooms offer the same health benefits and not all of them are edible. Some types like the Shiitake are good to fight tumours while white mushrooms are good for weight loss and so on. Also, if you have any health condition like Gout, do not consume mushrooms and ask your doctor before consuming mushrooms. Mushrooms – Health Benefits, Nutrition and How to Use Related Posts:7 Seemingly Healthy Ideas That Can Prove To Be Dangerous6 Amazing Health Benefits of Sunflower SeedsMindful Walking – An Easy Way To Get Rid Of…What Are Superfoods And Why They Are Good For YouShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window) Menaka Bharathi is a Mindful Parenting Consultant and an Organic food Producer. She markets Indian Superfoods throug SIM Organics which taken in small quantities would help to maintain the health of the family and boost resistance against diseases. 23/01/2018 by menaka bharathi | 23 Comments 23 Comments on Mushrooms – Health Benefits, Nutrition and How to Use I love the flavor of mushrooms but I am not a fan of the texture of mushrooms. We often forage for various mushrooms in the summer and fall. They can be so beneficial. I am glad I could throw some light in that direction Debbie To be honest, I am not fond of mushrooms but I didn’t realize its nutritious value. I’ve been missing out on some well-needed proteins. Mushrooms are such a diverse ingredient, they can go in SO many dishes and relaly easy to cook. I wihs I enjoyed them more – I’m not a huge fan of the flavour! Probably because of where I am from, I cannot get used to eating mushrooms at all. Thanks for the information. I am not a fan of mushrooms at all. I know how beneficial they are but I just don’t like them. I had no idea that mushrooms had such great nutritional value. I absolutely love them but my kids don’t like them I started loving mushrooms because of my grandfather. He used to take me into the woods to pick up wild mushrooms. As a child, to me, this was clearly an adventure. I was (still am) a very fussy eater but somehow he convinced me it`s worth eating mushrooms. And I am glad I did. Yes courtney- do make sure to add everyday Exactly Eliza, after learning the benefits I have started using mushroom almost daily in one form or another My kids aren’t very fond of mushrooms but I love them! These are some great facts about them too. I love mushrooms! They are so tasty. So cool to know all the benefits of them– I didn’t know they were immune boosting. Omg wow!!! I had no idea how nutritional mushrooms really are!!!! Looks like I need to add more mushrooms to my families diet! I like mushrooms too, either in pasta or dish, its always interesting and rich to add mushroom on. Knowing that mushroom is more than a flavorful ingredients would encourage more to utilize it. Thanks Aditya I love mushrooms so much. I cook vegetarian meals quite often, and mushrooms are a great sub for meat – good to know the additional health benefits. I don’t know about Mushroom, I am pretty much allergic to it. But I can comment about your write up. It is really easy to read and that also with proper explanation. We love mushrooms and I’m so happy to know they are this healthy! My dad has gout though and we thought we already had a comprehensive list of things he can’t eat. I’m surprised to see mushrooms there. Good to know. I am just so not a mushroom person. I tried so hard but my husband LOVEs them! Thanks Wendy Great Information! It is difficult to get enough Selenium in your diet and I love the cooking tips. I had no idea boiling would cause them to lose their nutritional value. Thanks for sharing 👍 imformative article. Awesome post! I always thought of mushrooms as veggies and def didnt know that they had all these amazing benefits. Thanks for helping me see mushrooms in a new light! Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.