Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean it like “that”. With as much fun as I had back in the day I never used mushrooms for “that”. “Not that there’s anything wrong with that!” as Seinfeld would say (I try not to judge), but I’m talking about adding mushrooms to your diet to improve your health. Here are 5 reasons to add this fungi to your plates.
- VITAMIN D: Mushrooms are the only fruit or vegetable source of vitamin D. Like us, mushrooms produce vitamin D when in sunlight. In the U.S., portobellos fortified with vitamin D are already being sold, with a three-ounce (85-gram) serving providing about 400 IU of vitamin D
- Promote Immune Function: A study done on mice, published by the American Society for Nutrition, found that white button mushrooms may promote immune function by increasing the production of antiviral and other proteins that are released by cells while they are trying to protect and repair the body’s tissues. A later study showed that these mushrooms promoted the maturation of immune system cells (dendritic cells) from bone marrow. According to researchers, this may help enhance the body’s immunity aiding the body in defending against foreign microbes.
- Antioxidents, YES!: When it comes to antioxidants, the substances that help fight free radicals (cancer causers) in our body—we’re more likely to think of colourful vegetables than dirt stained mushrooms, but a study at Penn State University showed that the level of total antioxidants in crimini and portobello mushrooms are nearly the same as for red peppers, who knew?
- Rev Your Metabolism!: Mushrooms contain B vitamins which are vital for turning carbs into glucose (food to fuel), which the body burns to produce energy. B vitamins also help the body metabolize fats and protein. Mushrooms contain loads of vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and vitamin B3 (niacin): In 100 grams of mushrooms you get nearly 40% of your daily B vitamins!
Selenium, Yup, It’s a GOOD Thing: In more than seven studies it was found that the higher the level of selenium (measured in blood serum and toenails) the lower the risk of bladder cancer. Selenium had a significant protective effect mainly among women, which the researchers believe may result from gender-specific differences in this its accumulation and excretion. Several varieties of mushrooms are rich in this trace mineral: crimini, raw white button.Now that you know mushrooms aren’t just another pizza topper start adding them in. They’ll do your body good.Lots of Love!xxxDI can see you GETTING FIERCE!Today’s Food Log (Per My PAST POST)8AM flax wrap with 2 egg whites, tomato, onion and avocado10:30AM mango2:30PM arugula salad with grilled chicken, avocado, cukes, tomato and chick peas6:15PM beet, carrot, apple and lemon juice and lara bar (yet to have)And I’ll be adding at least 1.5 liters of water…already downed 1.5!