Okay . . . so who likes mushrooms???
Well . . . to be honest with you . . . I'll eat them . . . but I'm really not a fan. So later I'll give you my solution.
Okay . . . so what are the benefits of mushrooms???
Well . . . first mushrooms or toadstools are the fleshy, spore-bearing fruit body of a "fungus" . . . typically produced above the ground, on soil or on its food source (trees etc.).
And although mushrooms are classified as vegetables, technically they're not plants at all. They're part of the kingdom called fungi.
They're low in carbohydrates, low in calories, have virtually no fat or cholesterol, very low in sodium . . . but an "excellent source" of both "fiber and protein".
What more could you ask for???
Mushrooms can help to "burn fat" in the body because their nutrients help to regulate glucose levels in the blood. Therefore . . . their excellent nutritional value will keep you energized and allow you to workout for longer.
They're loaded with vitamins such as Riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, C, D, iron and folate. And minerals such as copper, potassium, magnesium, zinc and selenium which as we know from previous Health tips . . . can protect cells from damage and DNA from mutating into cancer.
Mushrooms promote a healthy immune system, boost bone health, are a good source of "pre"biotics which can benefit weight loss and contains no "glutens".
This "pre"biotic action can also stimulate the growth of our "good" bacteria which will benefit and control the "bad" bacteria that causes a UTI.
They are truly a "superfood" that can reduce the risk of developing serious health conditions such as Alzheimer's, heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
Okay . . . so now you ask . . . what are the best mushrooms to consume???
Well . . . there are many, but here are the top few . . .
Portobello mushrooms (or when young . . . known as button mushrooms) are native to Europe and No. America and are the most common consumed mushrooms in the world today.
And alternative medicine recommends eating at least five button mushrooms per day to reduce the risk of neurological illness in the future.
Reishi is another great mushroom. With this mushroom being the most popular medicinal mushroom. Reishi can aid in weight loss, keep the immune system in order and can aggressively fight cancer cells.
And Shiitake mushrooms can regularly boost the immune system and reduce age-related decline in immune function. Which can also act as an anti-cancer agent.
So we can clearly see how important mushrooms can be to our diet . . .
But what if you're not a fan???
Well . . . there are other ways to get the benefits without actually eating a mushroom.