Magazine article Work & Family Life

What's So Good about Mushrooms?

Magazine article Work & Family Life

What's So Good about Mushrooms?

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Most of us eat mushrooms rather sparingly, but that number has been rising gradually-which is a good thing, nutritionists say.

Popular varieties include white button, portobello, enoki, maitake, chanterelle, morel and shitake.

Mushrooms are actually fungi, but they count toward the recommended 2-3 cups of veggies a day. Here's what we've learned about mushrooms' nutritional content.

Mushrooms are nutritious. They are a low-calorie source of B vitamins, potassium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, copper and vitamin D. They contain healthy chemicals, compounds and fiber.

They're best cooked. Cooking releases healthy compounds and destroys some potentially harmful ones. It boosts mushrooms' earthy, aromatic flavors and tastes.

They're used medicinally. Like many plants, mushrooms contain antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and blood sugar lowering properties. …

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