These fungi aren’t just low-calorie options rich in vitamins and minerals, but could possibly protect you from certain diseases as well.
Mushrooms have a host of benefits. (Photo: condesign / www.pixabay.com)
Apart from being an excellent source of B vitamins (niacin, riboflavin and thiamin), that support the immune and nervous systems, mushrooms are also packed with the antioxidant ergothioneine that fights inflammation. Most have a similar nutritional content and are high in zinc and potassium, says Jaclyn Reutens, a clinical dietitian from Aptima Nutrition & Sports Consultants. (Tip: Avoid overcooking mushrooms at high heat to retain the B vitamins.)
That’s not all − these mighty caps may help you shed kilos, too. Researchers from Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center in the US found that by substituting lean ground beef for mushrooms, participants were able to effectively limit their calorie intake and still feel satiated.
Not only are they good for your health, mushrooms also make fabulous meat substitutes, says Dr Leslie Tay, a general practitioner on Shape’s advisory board and a renowned local food blogger at www.ieatishootipost.sg. They contain guanylate, which combines with glutamates to excite “umami” (savoury taste) receptors, he adds. Mushrooms also add bite to any meal.
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