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The nutritional and health benefits of eating mushrooms

Updated on March 23, 2013
Yummy pizza with shitake mushroom
Yummy pizza with shitake mushroom | Source

The nutritional and health benefits of eating mushrooms

There is a line that says, “It sprouts like a mushroom.” Well mushrooms are prolific creatures that are common in all places. Though there are edible and delicious varieties of mushrooms some types can be laced with deadly poison.

Mushrooms are popular ingredient worldwide since they are capable of adding distinct flavor and character to any dish.

Although some are taken into their natural habitat gourmet mushrooms are grown in state-of-the-art facility under controlled environment and technology-based production system.

Mushroom is a good substitute for meat and many varieties have medicinal properties like fighting cancer, enhancing the immune system and lowering of cholesterol level when it becomes a part of one’s diet.

The gourmet mushrooms are grown and propagated where its spawn is planted on an organic substreak. The substreak is composed of rice stalk, corncob and sawdust and can be processed and can be used as a soil for the mushroom. The mushrooms can be harvested after 2 or 3 months.

The various edible and delicious mushrooms have wide range of nutritional and health benefits. Here is a short list of them:

  • Shitake mushroom which is perhaps the most popular ingredient in cooking worldwide was discovered to have cancer-curing properties and a great remedy for respiratory diseases and liver problems. This type of mushroom also helps in good circulation of blood.
  • The King Oyster mushroom meanwhile is discovered to stimulate the immune system.
  • And last but definitely not the least, Oohiratake mushroom (Giant Oyster) has statin drug can play a role in the reduction of cholesterol in the body.

These healthy mushrooms are available in the groceries and supermarkets near you. They are also present in burger patties and sandwiches in selected organic food fairs.

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    • Larry Fields profile image

      Larry Fields 4 years ago from Northern California

      Hi emilgen,

      Let's not forget that mushrooms are a good source of Vitamin D. Voted up.