Mushrooms – Not Dangerous but Healthy

Mushrooms are always imagined to be sticky, creepy-looking and totally unhealthy fungi that kill people when consumed. Some of them are labeled as non-vegetarian food and stay away from eating. In reality, mushrooms are powerhouses of energy and minerals that boost the immunity and fight against a range of cancers. They are very low in carbohydrates but rich in iron, niacin, potassium, zinc and germanium. All the minerals are rarely found together in fruits and vegetables. Let’s see how much nutrition does one cup of mushrooms provides.

  • Calories – 21kcal
  • Fat – less than 1g
  • Protein – 3g
  • Carbohydrates – 1g
  • Potassium – 305mg
  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) – 0.4mg
  • Phosphorous – 83mg

All the food that we regularly consume contains hundreds of calories and huge amounts of fat but one serving of mushroom provides optimum nutrition in the form of minerals and compounds but doesn’t crowd the body with calories. If you are still not convinced take a look at the top five amazing benefits of eating mushrooms regularly.

1. Fight cancer – Mushrooms have the innate capacity to spot and kill cancer cells that slowly spread from one organ to the other. Nutritionists recommend that people who are in the early stages of cancer must consume mushrooms regularly to counter attack the effects of cancer treatment.

2. Improve brain functioning – Vitamin B is essential for proper brain functioning and improving memory and cognitive skills. Since mushrooms are abundant in all b-complex vitamins, your brain is taken care of.

3. Reduces chronic stress – All of us are under severe stress due to drilling work schedules and look for ways to beat it. Consumption of mushrooms helps reduce cortisol (stress hormone) and improve the overall mood of a person.

4. Reduce inflammation – When disease causing cells strike the body, inflammation is the first reaction. Mushrooms alkalise the body and change the atmosphere of the body making it bad for sick cells to thrive.

5. Beat obesity – Substituting meat with mushrooms can reduce your weight by a great range. Since they taste almost similar, you can replace chicken, meat and high-calorie food with mushrooms and easily lose weight yet feel full and satiate your hunger.

Before you grab a bowl of freshly cooked mushrooms, you must know how to pick the right ones, clean well and cook properly to avoid stomach upsets.

  • Always buy mushrooms in season. They are grown in plenty during rainy and winter seasons as extreme heat kills them in the bud stage itself. Mushrooms that grow in rains usually taste best and are healthy too.

  • Pick the ones that are fresh or even dried and packed in air-tight containers. Organically grown mushrooms are healthy because regular farmed ones contain plenty of pesticides and fertilizers. Organic mushrooms can be costly too but they can never be unhealthy.

  • Cleaning mushrooms is an important step while cooking. They are full of pores that contain tiny mud particles and other unwanted waste. Take a clean damp cloth to wipe them or flush them under running water. Never let mushrooms stand in water for longer durations. They can absorb water easily and become unfit for cooking.

  • Their shelf life is extremely short especially the ones that are fresh. Dried mushrooms can live for long in the refrigerator. Using them immediately after buying is a better option.

  • Mushrooms take a maximum of 20minutes to be cooked thoroughly. Boil them in water and poke through them to see if they are cooked. You can also bake them to give a twist to your mushroom recipes. But be careful not to bake them in high temperatures.