If we find cultivated mushrooms all year round on the stalls, the fall, wet season, is their period of predilection. Picking addicts can prepare their baskets (and contact their pharmacist) and go pick them up in the wild, so here are some good reasons to enjoy all your favorite mushrooms, rich in nutrients and low in calories.
Rich in iron, minerals and B vitamins
The only plant to make vitamin D, mushrooms also contain a high dose of protein, as well as vitamins B2, B3 and B5. With these nutrients, our bodies fight against winter depression, strengthen their bones, boost their immune system and maintain healthy skin. Among the list of nutrients in mushrooms, we also find iron, zinc, copper and selenium. Enough to make us want to prepare a good pan for dinner!
Mushrooms are slimming allies
Mushrooms are foods to low in carbohydrates, virtually fat free. Composed of 80% or 90% water, they contain very few calories (30 calories per 100 g on average).
Thanks to their good amount of fiber, they contribute to feeling of satiety thus limiting the cravings for snacking.
Another advantage: mushrooms stimulate the metabolism. Vitamins thus help transform food into energy for the body, and better burn fat and protein. Cooked in salads, soups, or sautéed in a pan, they adapt to all our culinary desires and help us stay in shape.
Food good for the immune system
Some work has shown that the white mushroom would stimulate the immune response by increasing the production of antiviral proteins capable of protecting and repairing body tissues. Nothing better to fight against viruses and avoid diseases linked to the change of seasons.
Consumption of mushrooms would also protect bladder cancer, especially in women, and would help fight free radicals thanks to its antioxidants.
Which mushrooms for which health benefits?
There are thousands of varieties of mushrooms, many of which have different nutrient profiles.
- Paris mushrooms are the ones that contain the most potassium. Containing 94% water, they are also very low in energy. An asset for the line!
- The cremini and portobello mushrooms contain the most antioxidant ergothioneine.
- The oyster mushrooms and the shiitakes are the richest in fiber.
- The maitakes mushrooms raw are among the richest in vitamin D.
Conclusion: choose the mushroom that you like, and that you want to eat regularly. No matter which type you prefer, they all offer different benefits as long as you are sure they are sourced and non-toxic.
How to taste mushrooms? As an omelet, raw in a salad, sautéed in a pan with a little oil, in soup… don’t hesitate to try different kinds and different cooking methods to see what you like the most. Their taste and texture are particularly similar to meat, mushrooms can be mixed to shape into tasty dumplings or pavers that allow you to reduce your consumption of animal products.