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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.

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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Thank you for sharing. voted up and useful.

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youmeget 6 years ago Author

Thank you Zsuzsy Bee for stopping by to read mu hub. It's always great to know someone has read your hub.

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chspublish 6 years ago from Ireland

This is very good info. Thanks.

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tyleravery 6 years ago

Love those mushrooms! Great idea for a hub. Thanks for stopping by my hub.

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tymmy 6 years ago

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.

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youmeget 6 years ago Author

I'm glad you've learned something. try them, they are very useful.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Bijosh 6 years ago from from the cosmic sea, sustaining life and radiating purity.

Thank you for sharing, good hub. informative,interesting and useful

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GreenThumbLady 5 years ago from The Beautiful Earth

Well...I just LOVE mushrooms and now I love them even more!! Thanks for the great info!

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youmeget 5 years ago Author

Hi GreenThumbLady. Good to know you were here.

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heavenbound5511 5 years ago from Under the shadow of the Almighty God!

Great page!

Thanks for sharing the health benefits of mushrooms.

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youmeget 5 years ago Author

You are always welcome heavenbound5511.

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Azure11 5 years ago from UK

I love mushrooms and to know there are all these benefits to eating them only makes me want to eat more, thanks!

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Donna Suthard 5 years ago

I love mushroom, so thanks for all that wonderful information! You write excellent hubs. Thank you

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youmeget 5 years ago Author

Hi Donna, thank you.

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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Thanks, Youmeget! I am now adding more mushrooms to my diet!

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youmeget 5 years ago Author

Glad to hear this Dexter. Mushroom is very vital to our health.

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eventsyoudesign 5 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

Love your articles. I will definitely read more. Thanks for sharing such great information. Teresa

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6hotfingers3 5 years ago

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!

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youmeget 5 years ago Author

Thank you Teresa and 6hotfingers3 for visiting.

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anyl 5 years ago

wow! nice article about my favourite dish, thanks .......

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youmeget 5 years ago Author

You are always welcome.

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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Gosh I had no idea that mushrooms were this good!

Martha cunningham 5 years ago

They are really good

Beth oozinghiser 5 years ago

They were the wonder of my life!!!!!!


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youmeget 5 years ago Author

Thank you Martha, Beth and Kidswagg for visiting my hubs.

ramil abarh 4 years ago

thanks 4 the info...

mithu 4 years ago

thank you vary much ..... i really really vary impress to know about mushroom,,, im from Bangladesh.... most of our people in our country is unhealthy and dnt know about mushroom ..... its urgently need to supply or production all kind of mushroom to save our nation.... bye mithu my emali: u.mithu@yahoo.com

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Firdousia Sudheer 3 years ago from Dammam, Saudi Arabia

voted up and interesting...keep sharing...

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youmeget 3 years ago Author

Thank you, ramil abarh, mithu and Firdousia Sudheer, for visiting and finding the information useful.

onyeka 3 years ago

Very useful

Phyllis Brooks 3 years ago

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.

Claudia Castillo 3 years ago

Thank you now I know to eat mushrooms on a regular basis....Your information was useful.........

ndifreke matthew 2 years ago

Love mushrooms evn more

Jules 2 years ago

100 cal/oz? If cooked in butter and cream, maybe. Raw mushrooms are about 6cal / oz.

sylvester 16 months ago

Very delighted to know about the use of mushroom and it function

ivy 15 months ago

Thanks for the information, but one thing please can I get more recipes gor that. Thanks

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