Mushroom: It’s not an animal, it’s not a plant…this exceptional fungus is a category on its own.
Mushrooms are a very nutritious food for various reasons:
- They are the only non-animal food that is rich in vitamin D.
- Rich in B-complex vitamins, such as pantothenic acid, riboflavin & niacin.
- Contain many important minerals, such as selenium, copper & pottasium.
- They don’t have any fat or cholesterol.
- They are low in sodium.
Mushroom & Health benefits:
Mushrooms are extremely beneficial for our overall health.
Their antioxidant capacity is really high and can also give a boost to our immune system.
Mushrooms are also known for their anti-cancer properties. Shiitake, maitake, reishi and even some more common types of mushrooms like portobello & oyster can prove to be a great ally in defending ourselves against some forms of cancer (like breast cancer).
Mushrooms & weight management:
Due to their high concentration in water and in addition to their “meaty” texture and neutral taste, mushrooms can aid weight loss. They increase the feeling of fullness and satiety while their caloric content is very low for their volume.
Instructions for use:
- Keep your mushrooms in a closed paper bag in order to increase their storage time.
- You need to be careful when handling them as they bruise easily.
- Make sure you store them away from any pungent odors as they have the ability to absorb them.
- You don’t need to wash or peel them, just give them a gentle wipe and they are ready to use.
Did you know that mushrooms used to be the exclusive property of royalty? Also, Roman warriors used to consume them during “mushroom-feasts” as they believed they would give them super-human power.