It seems like there are two solid camps when it comes to mushrooms: those who loooove them, and those who can’t stand them at all. Anyone else notice this? Well, thankfully, I’m in the mushroom fan club, because- who knew?- mushrooms are really good for you! So, if you’re another mushroom lover, you now have even more reasons to keep eating them. For the haters, maybe you just need some better recipes…
Here are some of the surprising health benefits of mushrooms:
1. Prevent cancer:
Mushrooms are full of antioxidants, which help prevent and repair cell damage.
2. Prevent inflammation:
Inflammation can make you feel all kinds of awful. Eat mushrooms a few times a week to help control inflammation.
3. Full of fiber:
Fiber is so important in your diet. It helps you feel full so you won’t overeat, it helps with digestion, and helps keep your blood sugar steady.
4. Heart health:
Mushrooms are high in potassium and low in sodium, a combo that helps keep your blood pressure healthy. Eating mushrooms can also lower cholesterol.
5. Immune health:
That’s what you want, especially during flu season!
6. Mushrooms contain protein:
Okay, it’s a minimal amount of protein on its own, but add mushrooms to almost any dish and boost the protein factor!
7. Brain health:
Mushrooms are rich in the B vitamins, which help with mood and energy. Most food sources of vitamin B are animal proteins, so mushrooms are a good choice for vegans.
8. Bone health:
Mushrooms are also a great vegan source of vitamin D, which you need for bone health.
9. Weight control:
Because mushrooms are high in fiber, they’ll help you stave off hunger pangs, and you’ll also be happy to know that mushrooms are low calorie, low carb, and full of flavor!
Another great thing about mushrooms is how many ways there are to eat them! Toss them in a salad, sauté with some olive oil onions, roast them, grill them, stuff them, make soup…
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