Mushrooms: Are They Good For You?

Mushrooms come in several shapes, sizes and colors that are distinct. It happens that the ones that are not poisonous are very safe, and even tasty.

They have been used for many years because of their special ability to add flavor to the cuisines of many different cultures. While they're simply fungi, for cooking purposes, mushrooms are lumped in the vegetable category. Without sodium or fat, mushrooms allow you to add additional flavor.

Poisonous mushrooms can be difficult to find in the wild, so you should always purchase them from a reputable grocery store or market. In grocery stores, the most common types found are:

  • beech

  • button or white mushroom

  • crimini

  • enoki

  • maitake

  • oyster

  • Portobello

  • shiitake

Nutritional Benefits

With mushrooms, you can't go wrong. They're free of fat, low-sodium low-calorie, and free of cholesterol. They're also packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Based on the type of mushroom, nutritional benefits vary. But they are, overall a good source of the following nutrients.


Antioxidants help protect the body against harmful free radicals that can cause conditions such as cancer and heart disease. They also protect you from aging damage and increase your immune system. Mushrooms are rich in selenium, which is an antioxidant. Indeed, in the production aisle, they are the best source of the mineral.

Beta glucan

Beta glucan is a form of soluble dietary fiber that has been strongly linked to cholesterol improvement and heart health enhancement. It can also help regulate blood sugar in your body, lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes. It is believed that oyster and shiitake mushrooms have the most efficient beta glucans.

B vitamins

Mushrooms are rich in B vitamins: riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic acid. The combination helps to preserve the health of the heart. Riboflavin is good for the use of red blood cells. Niacin is essential for the digestive system and for the maintenance of healthy skin. Pantothenic acid is good for the nervous system and allows the body to produce the hormones it needs.


Copper helps the body generate red blood cells, which are used by the body to deliver oxygen. The mineral is also important to other body processes, such as the maintenance of healthy bones and nerves. A 1-cup serving of mushrooms will provide around one-third of the daily recommended amount of copper even after being cooked.


When it comes to heart, muscle, and nerve function, potassium is extremely essential. In a 2/3 cup of cooked Portobello mushroom, there's almost as much potassium as in a medium-sized banana.

To Sum It Up

Mushrooms are amazingly flexible. In so many ways, you can cook them and combine them with loads of various ingredients. Slice it raw, toss it in a salad, barbecue it, sauté it or roast it. For soups, salads, wraps, casseroles, and Italian dishes, add them. Mushrooms serve well as a side dish, or for vegetarians as the main course. Because of their meaty texture, Portobello mushrooms are often served as "burgers" or "steaks."

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