Did you know that...
- Though mushrooms are often grouped with vegetables and fruits, they are actually fungi, for that reason, nutritionally speaking, they are in a class of their own.
- Mushrooms do share some of the benefits of fruits and vegetables. They are low in calories, have no cholesterol and are virtually free of fat. And that’s not all. Mushrooms stand-alone when it comes to some of the essential minerals and B-complex vitamins not easily found in produce. In addition, some contain substances that might prove to be useful in the treatment and prevention of serious diseases.
- Mushrooms are rich in Essential Minerals:
Selenium an essential mineral, works closely with Vitamin E to produce antioxidants that neutralize the cell damaging. It plays an important role in the immune system, the thyroid system and the male reproductive system.
Potassium is a mineral your body just can’t do without. It helps maintain normal heart rhythm, fluid balance, muscle and nerve function.
Copper is another essential mineral and mushrooms are a good source. We’re all aware of iron’s role in making red blood cells and delivering oxygen to every part of the body. But did you know that iron can’t do its job without copper?
Mushrooms are good sources of three important B-complex vitamins-riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic acid. They are all found in every cell in our body, helping release energy from the fat, protein and carbohydrate in our food. In addition:
Riboflavin promotes healthy skin and good vision.
Niacin helps make sure the digestive and nervous systems function as they should.
Pantothenic acid is involved in the production of hormones and also plays an important role in the nervous system.
Vegetarians should also be aware that mushrooms are one of the best plant-based sources of niacin around.