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Are Mushrooms Good For You?

April 16th, 2012 Healthy Living

Love 'em or hate 'em, mushrooms can be found in a number of different meals. They're surprisingly versatile and can be used in a number of dishes, from the lowliest pizza to the truffle shavings of a high-end restaurant. But how good are mushrooms for you, anyway? Do they hold very much nutritional value, or are you simply introducing a new flavor when you use them in your food? The type of mushroom can inform you just how healthy it really is - none are going to be outright bad for you, though some certainly offer a bit more than others.

Unsurprisingly, they are very low in calories. According to FatBurningFurnace.com, a cup of button mushrooms contains only 15 calories. A cup of Portobello has about 22. They're also completely fat-free, contain no cholesterol and have very low amounts of sodium. Mushrooms do contain small amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fiber.

There's certainly some good nutritional value to be found in mushrooms. They contain vitamins C, B6 and B12, all of which can boost your immune system and help your body flush out toxins.

According to Vegetarian Nutrition, they are also an excellent source of potassium, which can help lower your blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke. In fact, one medium Portobello contains more of the stuff than a glass of orange juice or a banana!

They are also a decent source of antioxidants, which can help your body fight disease and remove negative compounds. So if you're looking for a filling and versatile food that can help you eat better, mushrooms could be right up your alley.