Mushrooms are fungi and there are 14,000 species but only 3,000 are edible. 700 are known to have medicinal uses. Mushrooms have been used for thousands of years in cooking and as medicine. Many people enjoy picking it in the woods but it's a challenge identifying the nonpoisonous ones. The most commonly consumed is the Agaricus bisporus or the white button mushroom. Agaricus bisporus has two forms, Crimini or the brown mushrooms that has a more earthy flavour and are firmer to touch and the Potabella mushrooms that has the umbrella cap shape and has a meaty flavour. Mushrooms contain very useful nutrients that the body can not do without.
Here are ten useful nutrients found in Mushrooms.
1. Mushrooms are low in Calories. They contain only 100 cal/oz. They are low in fat and 9 to 10% is fibre. This makes mushrooms ideal for people who wants to reduce weight.
2. Mushrooms are excellent source of Potassium an important mineral that aids in maintaining normal fluid and mineral balance in the body which helps to control blood pressure and the risk of stroke.
3. Mushrooms contain Selenium which is an important antioxidant that protects the body cells from heart diseases and some types of cancers.
4. Mushrooms are rich in Iron which is responsible for production of hemoglobin and oxygenation of red blood cells.
5. Mushrooms contain substantial amount of Copper that is essential in making red blood cells.
6. Mushrooms also contain Ergothioneine, a naturally occurring antioxidant that helps to protect the body's cells.
7. Mushrooms provides a great source of Dietary fibre that helps in digestion.
8. Mushrooms are a good source of Pantothenic acid (B5) a B vitamin that helps in the production of hormones and plays an important role in the function of the nervous system.
9. Mushrooms contain Niacin(B3) which helps promote healthy skin and ensures the digestive system and the nervous systems function properly.
10. Mushrooms are a good source of Riboflavin (B2) a B vitamin which aids growth and reproduction of hair, skin, nails and alleviates eye fatigue and sore around the mouth.
So you see, mushrooms contain so many minerals and vitamins that the body can not do without.
Mushroom is good for health and adds great texture and flavour to food. You can read more at the sites below.
- Mushrooms: Cultivation, Nutritional Value, Medicinal Effect, and Environmental Impact, Second Editio
Mushrooms: Cultivation, Nutritional Value, Medicinal Effect, and Environmental Impact, Second Edition books - find the latest books, CD-ROMs and science and technical publications from over 50 life science publishers
- Importance of Mushrooms in Nutrition and Medicine | Healthmad
Mushrooms are the richest source of protein and are suitable for human consumption. They are flesy fruiting bodies of higher fungi. Mushrooms also used in medicine traditionally, which may help to prevent heart diseases, diabetes, cancer and obesity.
ivy on November 04, 2015:
Thanks for the information, but one thing please can I get more recipes gor that. Thanks
sylvester on October 07, 2015:
Very delighted to know about the use of mushroom and it function
Jules on November 15, 2014:
100 cal/oz? If cooked in butter and cream, maybe. Raw mushrooms are about 6cal / oz.
ndifreke matthew on April 02, 2014:
Love mushrooms evn more
Claudia Castillo on February 11, 2014:
Thank you now I know to eat mushrooms on a regular basis....Your information was useful.........
Phyllis Brooks on October 22, 2013:
Thank You for this very good information. I love Mushrooms and will continue to eat them more offten. Glad to know they are good for you health.
onyeka on October 06, 2013:
youmeget (author) on August 26, 2013:
Thank you, ramil abarh, mithu and Firdousia Sudheer, for visiting and finding the information useful.
Firdousia Sudheer from Dammam, Saudi Arabia on June 05, 2013:
voted up and interesting...keep sharing...
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ramil abarh on February 05, 2013:
thanks 4 the info...
youmeget (author) on February 21, 2012:
Thank you Martha, Beth and Kidswagg for visiting my hubs.
Kidswagg on January 11, 2012:
Beth oozinghiser on January 11, 2012:
They were the wonder of my life!!!!!!
Martha cunningham on January 11, 2012:
They are really good
acaetnna from Guildford on April 15, 2011:
Gosh I had no idea that mushrooms were this good!
youmeget (author) on March 28, 2011:
You are always welcome.
anyl on March 28, 2011:
wow! nice article about my favourite dish, thanks .......
youmeget (author) on March 28, 2011:
Thank you Teresa and 6hotfingers3 for visiting.
6hotfingers3 on March 23, 2011:
Great and informative hub. I've always liked mushrooms but now I know I need to eat them more often. Keep up the good work!
eventsyoudesign from Nashville, Tennessee on March 22, 2011:
Love your articles. I will definitely read more. Thanks for sharing such great information. Teresa
youmeget (author) on March 22, 2011:
Glad to hear this Dexter. Mushroom is very vital to our health.
Dexter Yarbrough from United States on March 21, 2011:
Thanks, Youmeget! I am now adding more mushrooms to my diet!
youmeget (author) on March 17, 2011:
Hi Donna, thank you.
Donna Suthard on March 16, 2011:
I love mushroom, so thanks for all that wonderful information! You write excellent hubs. Thank you
Marian L from UK on March 15, 2011:
I love mushrooms and to know there are all these benefits to eating them only makes me want to eat more, thanks!
youmeget (author) on March 12, 2011:
You are always welcome heavenbound5511.
heavenbound5511 from Under the shadow of the Almighty God! on March 11, 2011:
Thanks for sharing the health benefits of mushrooms.
youmeget (author) on March 10, 2011:
Hi GreenThumbLady. Good to know you were here.
GreenThumbLady from The Beautiful Earth on March 09, 2011:
Well...I just LOVE mushrooms and now I love them even more!! Thanks for the great info!
Bijosh from from the cosmic sea, sustaining life and radiating purity. on February 02, 2011:
Thank you for sharing, good hub. informative,interesting and useful
youmeget (author) on January 24, 2011:
I'm glad you've learned something. try them, they are very useful.
Thanks for stopping by.
tymmy on January 22, 2011:
Thanks for sharing this great information. I never used to like mushrooms, but now that I know what i'm missing out on, I think I'm beginning to change my mind.
tyleravery on January 18, 2011:
Love those mushrooms! Great idea for a hub. Thanks for stopping by my hub.
chspublish from Ireland on January 14, 2011:
This is very good info. Thanks.
youmeget (author) on January 13, 2011:
Thank you Zsuzsy Bee for stopping by to read mu hub. It's always great to know someone has read your hub.
Zsuzsy Bee from Ontario/Canada on January 13, 2011:
Thank you for sharing. voted up and useful.