Another Super Food vegetable that you should eat all year is mushrooms. Mushrooms are known to have many of the nutritional attributes of produce, as well as attributes more common in meat, beans or grains. They are low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free, gluten-free, and very low in sodium. On top of that, they provide important nutrients, including selenium, potassium, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin D and more. Now you see why it is touted as one of the super food.
Mushrooms are the only fruit or vegetable source of a critical vitamin, vitamin D. Just like humans, mushrooms produce vitamin D when in sunlight. In the U.S., some mushrooms are going through a “sun tanning” process to fortify the vitamin D content before hitting the super market shelves. The vitamin D fortified mushrooms provides about 400 IU of vitamin D (40% of daily recommendation) per three-ounce (85-gram) serving.
Mushrooms are also known boost your immune system and high in antioxidants. So, eating mushrooms will make you stay young and healthy (may be not forever, though ;))!! Especially, the crimini and portobello mushrooms provide as much antioxidants as red peppers. Now, you can eat your antioxidants without setting your tong on fire.
Eating mushroom will also help you to get skinnier. Mushrooms are high in B vitamins which are vital for turning food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which the body burns to produce energy. They also help the body metabolize fats and protein. Mushrooms contain loads of vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and vitamin B3 (niacin): 100 grams (31/2 ounces) of crimini have 44 percent and 30 percent of your daily recommended amount.
Mushrooms are so versatile and easy to incorporate into your diet; you can saute any type of mushroom with onions for a quick and tasty side dish; add raw sliced crimini or white mushrooms to any salad; make stuffed portabella by stuffing them to your taste and baking; add sliced mushrooms to omelets, breakfast scrambles and quiches; grill portabella mushrooms and use them on sandwiches or in wraps in place of meats.
Are you still here? Let’s go cook up some today!!
Serving size: 5 medium (3 oz / 84g)
Calories 20 Calories from Fat 0
*Percent Daily Values (%DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
|Amt per Serving||%DV*||Amt per Serving||%DV*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%||Total Carbohydrate 3g||1%|
|Cholesterol 0mg||0%||Dietary Fiber 1g||4%|
|Sodium 0mg||0%||Sugars 0g|
|Potassium 300mg||9%||Protein 3g|