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Archive for November, 2009

Mushrooms are a Wonder Food

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Do you like mushrooms?  When you read the positive effects they have on your health, you may enjoy them even more.  Mushrooms are highly nutritious and do wonders for your health on a number of levels.

Nutrients (for a serving of 100g of fresh white mushrooms):

  • Only 25 calories
  • NO cholesterol
  • Fat free
  • Low in sodium
  • 1g of fiber
  • Good source of riboflavin, copper, selenium, niacin and pantothenic acid
  • The ONLY item in the produce section of your grocery store that has natural Vitamin D!

Powerful Antioxidant

Fresh mushrooms contain I-ergothioneine (a very powerful antioxidant) whether they are raw or cooked.  Portabella and crimimi mushrooms have the most I-ergothioneine with white button mushrooms taking third place.

Mushrooms Can Help Fight Cancer

Fresh mushrooms have beta-glucens and conjugated linoleic acid.  These compounds are currently being studied for their chemo-preventive potentials, and recent research results point to the fact that mushrooms and mushroom extracts may actually have significant anti-cancer activity, for breast and prostate cancers.

Good Bowel Health

Mushrooms contain soluble and insoluble forms of fiber, which can help you stay regulated.

Bananas Aren’t the Only Good Source of Potassium

One portabella mushroom has just as much potassium as a banana!  Potassium is an important element in your diet and helps to decrease the negative effects that too much sodium can have on your blood pressure.

Give your Immune System a Boost

Recent research studies suggest that certain mushroom extracts may positively affect your immune system, keeping it strong and better able to fight bacteria and viruses.

Maintaining your Weight

Mushrooms are high in water content and fiber, and are low in fat – three elements that help you feel full, with fewer calories.  It has been shown that people who eat less energy-dense foods in satisfying proportions can lose weight and easily maintain a healthy figure.

Why Include Mushrooms in Your Diet?

Studies show that mushrooms can positively help blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes, your heart, gout, healthy aging and diverticulosis.

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