Once known to be the "meat for vegetarians" mushrooms are not high enough in iron to be an ideal substitute for meat on its own. So what are mushrooms good for?
For thousands of years mushrooms have been prized for medicinal purposes and for their delicate flavour. Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics dating back 4,600 years depict them as a symbol of immortality, and the pharaohs declared that only the royal family could eat mushrooms!
Thankfully mushrooms are available for everyone to eat these days. And here are some good reasons why you should incorporate mushrooms into your meals on a regular basis:
- Low in calories
- Fat free
- Low in sodium
- Contain selenium, potassium, riboflavin, niacin, panthothenic acid, vitamin D and copper
- High in ergothianeine, beta-glucans and bioactive phytochemicals
What does all this mean?? It means you are eating something that will provide you with an increased resistance against allergies, helps you to metabolise fats and sugars within the body, helps control blood pressure, a powerful antioxidant boost to protect cells from damage, reduce your risks of some cancers, and provide feelings of satiety which can help with weight management. Can't get better than that!
As with all foods, it is recommended to eat a wide variety of foods everyday to gain maximum health benefits as nutrients work in synergy with each other. Below is a list of some of the more common mushrooms you might like to try!