12 Things You Need to Know about Mushrooms

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How will you be keeping mushroom’s mystery alive?

Looking to add more naturally grown foods that aid in reducing heart disease, diabetes, and obesity while also increasing energy, promoting healthier complexion, hair, skin and nails and maintaining an optimal weight? Then, you should take a closer look at mushrooms. Not to be confused with the “medicinal” ones, meaty tasting edible fungi pack a serious nutritional punch.

Specifically, mycophagy, the physical act of eating mushrooms to increase energy, dates back to over 13000 years ago in Chile. On a more scalable timeline the first reliable evidence of medicinal and edible mushroom consumption began in B.C. China. Worried about being poisoned Roman emperors employed food tasters to ensure mushrooms were safe enough to eat. In their formative years, mushrooms were designated for only elite, exclusive camps. Yet, with more effective cultivating methods, their availability has increased. This statement comes from My Champi.

Nutritional Breakdown of Mushrooms: 3 ounces/1 cup per serving, mushrooms provide 1-2 g of protein; contain the indigestible carbohydrate, chitin, which provides ‘bulk’ in our diet; provide selenium, potassium, riboflavin and niacin. When exposed to light, mushrooms have the unique capability of increasing their vitamin D content. Learn about this topic at Fruit & Veggie More Matters. Some grocery stores sell vitamin D labeled mushrooms.

Original Image via Flickr by sunny mama
Original Image via Flickr by sunny mama

Here are a few fun ways to add more mushrooms into meals:

As a rule of thumb, all wide mushrooms should be cooked thoroughly before eating.  Many can be dried and/or rehydrated by pouring boiling water over the dried mushrooms and letting them soak for 30 minutes. This statement comes from PBS.

Feel free to share your own fun (edible) fungi experiences.

About Nies, MS, RD, LD

Nikki recently moved to Dallas, TX and is currently working at Christian Care Center, an elder care community, providing nutrition assessments and evaluations to all residents. In her free time, Nikki enjoys biking or challenging herself to a chess game!

About Nies, MS, RD, LD 111 Articles
Nikki recently moved to Dallas, TX and is currently working at Christian Care Center, an elder care community, providing nutrition assessments and evaluations to all residents. In her free time, Nikki enjoys biking or challenging herself to a chess game!

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