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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Are mushrooms good for you?

: are mushrooms good for you; mushroom health benefits

Why: Last night, Kat got a portobello something burger and I just got a regular delicious bacon cheeseburger. Do mushrooms have protein or anything in them?

Answer: Yes! They contain:
  • 90% water!
  • 8-10% fiber!
  • very little sodium or fat!
  • 18 calories per cup!
  • compounds that may may bolster immune function, suppress breast and prostate cancers, and decrease tumor size!
  • large amounts of an antioxidant called L-ergothioneine!
  • loads of potassium, which lowers blood pressure!
  • lots of niacin, selenium, and riboflavin!
Btw, white "button mushrooms" and portobello mushrooms are different stages of the same species, agaricus bisporus.
Source: CNN, Vegetarian-Nutrition.Info

The More You Know: The Pharaohs prized mushrooms as a delicacy. The Greeks believed they provided strength for warriors in battle. The Romans regarded mushrooms as a gift from God and served them only on festive occasions. The Chinese treasured them as a health food. The Italians sought mushrooms to give them extra lives.

1 comment:

joel said...

i didn't know that.

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