Do you know mushrooms are not fruits or vegetables but fungi. Though considered a delicacy, particularly in Chinese cuisine, only a few varieties of mushrooms are edible. Some are poisonous, so care must be taken before consuming them. Edible mushrooms have high nutritional value, and are increasingly being used in Indian and inter-continental cuisines these days.
Lowers Cholesterol Levels
Mushrooms are rich in lean proteins. They are low in carbohydrates and have no cholesterol or fat. The fiber and enzymes in mushrooms also help to lower cholesterol levels. Furthermore, the high lean protein found in them helps to burn cholesterol when they’re digested, thus maintaining heart health.
Mushrooms are a great source of iron. What’s more is over 90 per cent of the nutritive value of mushroom can be absorbed by the body, which promotes the formation of red blood cells and helps reduce fatigue, headaches and digestive issues.
Prevents Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer
Due to significant amount of beta-glucans and conjugated linoleic acid, both of which are anti-carcinogenic, mushrooms help prevent breast and prostrate cancer.
Mushrooms contain a lot of fiber and water. They also contain natural insulin and enzymes which help to break down sugar and starch in food. Also, they contain compounds which help the liver, pancreas, and other endocrine glands to function properly, thereby promoting the formation of insulin and its proper regulation throughout the body. Thus, they help prevent diabetes.
Improves Bone Health
Mushrooms are full of calcium, which is essential for bone health. Eating mushrooms regularly helps prevent osteoporosis.