What are the nutritional benefits of mushrooms?

Posted on February 11 by
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Mushrooms are a low-carb, practically no-fat food with some protein. One serving is about a cup raw (a fist-sized amount) or 1/2 cup cooked.

Though they’re small and light in calories—one serving only has about 15—they’re mighty in other ways. Mushrooms have about 15 vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B6, folate magnesium, zinc and potassium.

They’re also rich in antioxidants, such as ergothioneine and selenium, which are both anti-inflammatory compounds. Mushrooms are a great food to consume when you have minor inflammation, such as any injury, or if you have any autoimmune disorders.

They’re one of the few foods that have vitamin D, which is important for building strong bones, reducing inflammation and improving immune function.

The phytochemicals—or naturally occurring plant chemicals—in mushrooms seem to be especially potent, displaying some anti-cancer and anti-aging properties.

Are some mushrooms healthier than others?

Mushrooms come in thousands of varieties, many of which have different nutritional profiles. White mushrooms, which account for about 90% of the mushrooms consumed in the U.S., while cremini and portobello mushrooms have the most of the antioxidant ergothioneine.

Because mushrooms have a savory, umami flavor similar to meat, blending them and mixing them with meat, or eating mushrooms as a meat replacement, are popular ways to reduce meat intake. They provide a similar taste and texture profile to meat, relative to most other plant foods—in particular cremini and portobello mushrooms.

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Posted on February 06 by
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Cherries supply a good source of fiber and are rich in health-promoting antioxidants, but you can also use cherries in targeted ways, namely to reduce inflammation and post-exercise recovery.

Here are the biggest benefits of cherries:

1. They can help promote healthy weight management

One cup of fresh cherries has 100 calories and three grams of fiber. Eating more fiber via fruit is a good thing: ramping up fiber intake is associated with weight loss.

2. They won’t mess with your blood sugar

Cherries are lower on the glycemic index, meaning they spike your blood sugar less than many other fruits.

3. They may help boost your post-workout recovery

Cherries contain anti-inflammatory antioxidant compounds that research shows can help support muscle recovery after a hard workout.

4. They can help you sleep better

Fun fact about cherries—they’re a natural source of melatonin, a hormone that your body releases at night that helps you wind down and drift off.

5. Cherries can fight inflammation

Inflammation is widely considered one of the top threats to your health, increasing the likelihood of developing chronic disease. The fruit packs antioxidants like vitamins C and E as well as carotenoids and polyphenols, all of which help quash damaging free radicals and help neutralize inflammation in your body.


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