Fresh Mushrooms & Your Health
Essential Nutrients: A 100 gram serving of sliced fresh white mushrooms has only 25 calories, no cholesterol, is virtually fat-free, is low in sodium and has 1 gram of fibre. They are a good source of riboflavin, copper, selenium, niacin and pantothenic acid, and are the only item in the produce section with natural Vitamin D.
Antioxidants: Fresh mushrooms contain a powerful antioxidant called l-ergothioneine. Ergothioneine is found in both raw and cooked mushrooms. Portabella and crimini mushrooms have the most, followed by white button mushrooms.
Fibre: Mushrooms offer both soluble and insoluble fibre, which helps to maintain good bowel health.
Immunity: A strong immune system helps protect against infections from bacteria and viruses. Emerging research indicates that certain mushroom extracts (including extracts from white button mushrooms), may have a positive effect on the immune system.
Weight Management: Fresh mushrooms are a perfect choice for low energy-dense diets, as they have high water content, are low in fat, and contain some fibre; three factors that will help keep you feeling full with fewer calories. Researchers have found that people who eat satisfying portions of less energy-dense foods have greater success at weight loss and maintenance.
Fresh Mushrooms Can Help! Recent studies show that fresh mushrooms can help with:
- Blood Pressure
- Heart Health
- Healthy Aging
- Childhood Obesity