Do you include mushrooms in your regular diet?
Recently, I began eating mushrooms again. As a kid I would steal them from my dads salad (sorry dad!), but haven’t liked them since I was about 8. Luckily my taste buds have changed quite a bit over the past year or so!
When I started eating them again, I didn’t realize that mushrooms are extremely healthy and can have great health benefits. Even when cooked, mushrooms maintain 80% or more of their nutritional value.
Studies have found that the benefits of mushrooms, when eaten regularly, include: (references below)
- Help prevent Heart Disease
- Boost immune system
- Effective in treating breast, colon, and prostate cancer
- Decrease risk of breast cancer and stop breast cancer growth if a tumor has formed
- Contain antioxidants
- Contain vitamins & minerals including: C, D, B, and copper
Asian varieties take the cake when it comes to health benefits. These mushrooms include shiitake, cordyceps, enoki, maitake, and reishi.
All of these varieties are edible, although reishi are very bitter and are generally used as medicinal mushrooms in capsules/tablets. If you tolerate bitter flavors you can try them dried or powdered.
Personally, I like to add button or baby bella mushrooms to my salads and pizza. I will also saute them with onions for a beef or sandwich topping.
Check out my favorite Portabello Mushroom recipe here!
What is your favorite way to use mushrooms?