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A Healthy Truth About Mushrooms

Submitted by on December 11, 2009 – 8:10 pmNo Comment

mushroomMost people think of mushrooms as just a flavor boost with no real health benefits, when really mushrooms can be quite helpful in your nutritional battle. Mushrooms are a high source of fiber, potassium, and can also help to fight of certain types of cancer.

The potassium found in mushrooms will help to rebuild muscles and lower blood pressure. With a delicious taste mushrooms can be a nice touch to a meal and also help with some needed recovery after a tough work out.

Mushrooms are a good source of fiber which can help to keep a healthy digestive tract and help to cleanse the body while keeping you regular.

One of the main reasons mushrooms were looked as unhealthy is from the way they’re cooked, most people sauté them in butter and throw on all sorts of spices and herbs making them a calorie pact side to a meal. Mushrooms only need a little butter and they will cook great in they’re own flavorful juices. Mushrooms also go great in salads and all the prep time is slicing and throwing them in; So next time you need a little extra in a meal and don’t want to lose flavor try out some mushrooms, you will be pleasantly surprised.

Mushrooms are also known to boost the immune system, fight of viruses and other harmful fungi, lower allergy levels, reduce inflammations, balance blood sugar levels, fight and break down blood clots. There are many types of mushrooms, some healthier then others; here is a list of some of the top mushrooms

  • Maitake Mushroom- this king of mushrooms is a little harder to find but is the healthiest of the bunch, it is known to lower blood pressure, blood sugar and is even found to be useful in fighting HIV. The maitake is close to the same flavor of the white button mushroom and can be substituted for any dish that they are in.
  • Shitake Mushroom- These mushrooms are best known for fighting off flu viruses. With a smokey flavor they goes best with, soups, eggs or in a sauce.
  • Crimini Mushroom- helps boost the immune system and fight cancers. These mushrooms are more flavorful then the button mushroom and can also be used in any of the same recipes.
  • Portobello Mushrooms- Very high in potassium, one portobello mushroom actually has more potassium then a banana. These mushrooms are great for any veggie dish as a substitute for the meat.
  • Button Mushrooms- Are one of the highest sources of antioxidants of any food.

Prepared right any one of these types of mushrooms can be a super addition to almost any meal, they have a very low calorie count and can be a great friend in the fight for weight control.

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