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A-Z of super foods: Mushrooms

A-Z of super foods: Mushrooms

Whether it’s a Chanterelle, shitake, chestnut or the humble button, mushrooms are pretty marvellous.

Not only do they taste great simply on toast, as an accompaniment to meat dishes in a sauce, as a vegetarian main such as risotto or stuffed cheesy mushrooms, they also boast a whole host of medicinal properties and immune boosting powers. They are widely believed to help control blood pressure and are also said to lower cholesterol. Rich in the antioxidant ergothioneine, this has been shown to protect cells from abnormal growth and replication. This could reduce the risk of cancer.

Nutrients not found in vegetables are present in mushrooms, including riboflavin, biotin, copper, selenium and chromium. Those mushrooms which have been exposed to sunlight will generate more vitamin D and they are low in calories which makes them perfect for a low-calorie meal.

Mushrooms are packed with flavor, with a meaty taste so they make a brilliant alternative to a meat dish for vegetarians and those looking to reduce their meat intake.

Mushroom eaters get higher levels of nutrients than non-mushroom eaters generally speaking, and mushrooms, frequently used in a lot of oriental cooking, are often teamed with other vegetables in dishes such as stir-fries, so create healthy and nutritious meals and help with making better food choices.

Cheap to buy and readily available from supermarkets they are a year-round superfood which tastes great, and does your immune system the power of good.

 

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Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.

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