Whether it’s true or not, we still like to believe that an apple a day keeps the doctor. And if you’re having difficulty seeing in the dark, (Who doesn’t?) you should eat up your carrots. Or, if you’re like Popeye and you’re trapped in a love triangle, spinach will help you unleash those ‘fisks’ of fury and win the girl (Well, I may have got the last one wrong). But what about mushrooms?
Mushrooms are one of the highest antioxidant foods in the world; it’s in the same league as the red pepper and spinach. Yet not many people know how super mushrooms are.
So it’s time to dispel that myth that mushrooms are boring because they’re actually really good for you. Packed full of antioxidants, essential vitamins and minerals, mushrooms are a great way to get one of your 5 a day and get all the benefits of those healthy goodies mushrooms can provide.
So let’s not get bogged down in too much ‘science’… what makes mushrooms so super?
- It’s time for Mrs. Smith to move over, mushrooms are a natural source of antioxidants that help red blood cell formation. This alone, can make mushrooms 1000 times more powerful than Vitamin C or Vitamin E.
- Mushrooms are a vitamin heavyweight. (Although they’re virtually fat and calorie free, so we think they’d be in the featherweight division) They’re the number one source of riboflavin and niacin and a 100g portion of mushrooms will give you more than a quarter of your daily vitamin requirements.
- Just one portion of mushrooms (about a heaped handful) contains over 3g of protein.
- So if you’re eating less meat or a vegetarian, mushrooms are a satisfying alternative that makes sure you don’t miss out on either the meaty taste or health benefits meat will provide.