This was thrown on top of my yummy romaine salad lunch yesterday. SO DELISH!
So here’s the deal with mushrooms. Did you know that raw mushrooms contain small amounts of toxins, including some compounds that are considered carcinogens? The carcinogens
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But it’s not all doom or gloom – so don’t freak just yet. I LOVE mushrooms too!!!! Here’s how to enjoy them and reap some awesome health benefits too!!
You may know already that not all mushrooms are created equal. Just like you should avoid iceberg lettuce because it offers next to nothing nutritionally, you should also avoid plain button mushrooms for the same reason. To get the healthiest bang for your buck, you should go for the shiitake, maitake, oyster, porcini and enoki mushrooms. Oh, and Portobello! The shiitake mushroom in particular, enhances immunity and reduces the risk of several types of cancers!
Cooked mushrooms are an excellent source of selenium (which is known for helping your body discard free-radicals and can help to minimize high blood glucose levels). Cooked mushrooms are also a great source of B vitamins and potassium and are rich in dietary fibers (which can lower cholesterol and contribute to heart health)!
So that’s the deal! Just some interesting mushroom ‘need to knows’. Anyway, go eat your mushrooms, but cook ’em first! Enjoy!!!