Mushrooms come in different shapes, sizes, and colours and are quite a nutritious vegetarian replacement for meat. The fungus is an absolute favourite among nutritionists, as they are packed with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. But how do they help you with your health goals?
Mushrooms practically have no-fat, low carbohydrates and are a good source of protein. One serving is about a cup raw (a fist-sized amount) or 1/2 cup cooked. Despite the fact they’re light in calories, have about 15 vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B6, folate magnesium, zinc, and potassium.
They’re also a great source of antioxidants, such as ergothioneine and selenium, which are both anti-inflammatory compounds. “Mushrooms are a great food to consume when you have minor inflammation, such as an injury, or if you have any autoimmune disorders such as muscular sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis or lupus,” says Angela Lemond, a registered dietitian, and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
They’re one of the very few foods that have vitamin D, which is important for building strong bones, reducing inflammation and improving immune function.
What’s the healthiest way to eat these fungi? Eating them sliced raw on a salad, cooked into omelets or roasted are all good options. If you don’t like their texture, sautéed mushrooms with some olive oil can soften them and make them easier to eat.