The Magnificent Mushroom - Loaded with Antioxidants

Have you noticed that there is a fungus among us?

Mushrooms have a great deal going for them from their nutritional prowess to their culinary contributions, your diet could benefit from a boom in ‘shrooms. Over 2,500 varieties of mushrooms grow around the globe and although the exotic species tend to get top billing in the culinary crowd, even the lowly white supermarket mushroom is a nutritional powerhouse.

Research has shown that the common button mushroom is loaded with antioxidants, phytonutrients and beta-glucans that are known for their abilities to keep arteries clear, help repair cellular damage and inhibit tumor growth. Additionally, mushrooms offer a slew of vitamins and nutrients like brain-boosting B vitamins, selenium, potassium, copper and manganese. Mushrooms also have protein and fiber and are equally prized for what they don’t have—sodium, fat, cholesterol and calories. This being the case, and with their touted umami flavours, mushrooms are a great stand in for meat if you are looking to eat healthier. Mushrooms can take a leading role in a dish or supporting role enhancing the flavor of other ingredients.

Some delicious and nutritious varieties include:
  • White button
  • Creminis
  • Porcini
  • Portobellos
  • Oyster
  • Shitakes
  • Morels
  • Maitake
  • Chanterelles
  • Trumpets

Give the newest super foods top billing in your next stir fry, omelet, soup or risotto and cash in on all of the health benefits this humble fungus has to offer. For more information on varieties of mushrooms available in Australia or some great recipes to get boost your intake of this nutritional powerhouse, visit the Australian Mushroom Growers Association.

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