They might be a type of fungus, but don't let that scare you away. Mushrooms are low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals, making them the perfect addition to your meals!
Most people don’t know that mushrooms are:
- Packed with vitamin D. Mushrooms are one of the few plant-based sources of vitamin D, a nutrient that’s important for bone health, muscle and nerve function, and immune system support. Though it would be difficult to meet your daily intake of vitamin D on mushrooms alone, they’re a sustainable way to boost it.
- Full of umami flavor. Umami, or savory taste, is one of the five basic tastes. It has been described as brothy or meaty. Though they do take on the flavor of what they're cooked with, mushrooms provide a subtle umami note that grows stronger when cooked. Try grilling, stir-frying, or sautéing them to limit fat.
Mushrooms can also be a great substitute for meat in your entrees. Try this tasty vegetarian spaghetti squash and mushroom recipe at home!
- Rich in antioxidants. Mushrooms fight free radical damage in the body that could lead to serious health conditions like heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer's. They are also a rich source of selenium, which is important for maintaining reproductive system health, DNA production, thyroid gland function, and once again protecting from those free radicals.
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