Mushrooms are part of the fungi family and are a low calorie, high fibre food choice that can be enjoyed as part of many healthy dishes. Here are 10 nutritional facts about mushrooms!
- Mushrooms contain B vitamins such as folate riboflavin, thiamine and niacin. These vitamins help you collect energy from food and form red blood cells to keep your body and brain healthy.
- Potassium, fibre and vitamin C may contribute to the health of the heart. Potassium helps regulate blood pressure and decreases the risk of hypertension.
- The presence of Potassium in mushrooms also helps maintain fluids and electrolyte balance…
- …and the fibre helps conditions such as type 2 diabetes.
- Cooking them has proven to improve the nutrient status of some mushrooms.
- Mushrooms contain an antioxidant known as selenium. This helps support the immune system and prevent damage to the cells and tissues.
- Mushrooms and very low calorie – there are only 15 calories and 2.3 grams of carbohydrates in a cup of raw mushrooms.
- Most of the fat in a mushroom is polyunsaturated fat. Therefore, mushrooms are considered a good heart-healthy food choice.
- Mushrooms don’t offer much protein though – just 2.2 grams per cup. This amounts to only 4% of your daily needs.
- Mushrooms contain copper, which assists in the production of energy and utilisation of iron. In addition, it also assists antioxidant enzymes.
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